A bus driver in Palm Beach County was attacked by a parent after failing to let kids off the bus "fast enough," reports the Sun Sentinel. 40-year-old Joseph Beauzile (shown below) of Boca Raton told authorities that during a routine drop-off for kids who attend nearby Westwood Elementary, two parents forced their way on to the bus and began attacking him. Why? Because he'd made the kids form a single file line to exit the bus in an orderly fashion, a delay that was apparently enough to provoke violence.
The beating of Beauzile prompted about 30 drivers to protest for better, specifically safer working conditions Monday in front of Palm Beach County School District.
"Parents attacking the bus driver?" said one protester. "That's a safety issue, and a big concern for the drivers."
According to NBC's West Palm Beach affiliate, the school district is investigating the incident in tandem with law enforcement. And while they have video surveillance of the attack, they're "not releasing it because it is part of its investigation."
School Bus Drivers: Sometimes Bullied, Sometimes the Bully
School bus drivers, not surprisingly given their central and surveilled role in the lives of American kids, can elicit both sympathy and outrage. Politix's own Greg Zeman recently reported on a Texas school bus driver who cruelly led students in the taunting of a young girl by calling her "cry baby." This despite a sign on the bus clearly stating "No Bullying."
On the other hand, you might recall the 2012 video of students mocking an elderly school bus monitor by calling her "fat ass" among other vicious insults. Her story became big news - and led to a big payout via donations from an incensed public.
Sometimes the adults on the bus are neither bully nor bullied. Last August a school bus driver - again in Florida - became persona non grata after failing to intervene to stop a fight that broke out among a 13-year-old and three older boys. "There's just no telling what would have happened," said the driver, defending his decision to stay, well, in neutral.Via the Sun Sentinel.