Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Mrs. Crabtree, in the Flesh?

No, wait, I take that back. Even Mrs. Crabtree (the perpetually-cranky bus driver on South Park) probably wouldn't skip a kid's bus stop and drop him off at another school over a mile away, like a driver in Little Elm did this week:
Tyler Synatschk's parents have drilled their 6-year-old on safety basics: Don't cross busy streets alone and don't accept rides from strangers.

When Tyler did both after his first day of school Monday, Gary and Denise Synatschk had to assure the Little Elm first-grader he did nothing wrong. He did good.

It's the bus driver who forced Tyler off the bus at the wrong stop they're upset with.

A rookie driver, who has since been suspended, drove past Tyler's stop and continued more than a mile before instructing him to get out, Mrs. Synatschk said.
Thankfully, Little Elm has done more than suspend the driver (who works for a larger company that services several districts); they've banned her from ever driving again in their district.

This story blows my mind; how could anyone do that to a little kid? (And to touch on another point made in the story, it sure seems like the drivers should be required to answer calls on their radios.) It was indeed by the grace of God that little Tyler ended up being found by a good Samaritan and not someone with bad intentions.

Setback for the P.C. police: A while back, I railed on here about the NCAA's decision to ban schools with Native American mascot names form postseason tournaments. Now, they've backpedaled on the issue with regard to Florida State, whose Seminole mascot has the blessing of the local tribe of the same name. Other schools with similar arrangements may be next.

Salute to school: There was a nice article about my college in the paper yesterday.

Got suspension? I posted quite some time ago about the Gallon Challenge, the object of which is to finish a gallon of milk in an hour without throwing up (this makes our 2BC look tame by comparison). Now comes word that a Florida Marlins batboy, given the challenge by an opposing pitcher, not only failed to complete the challenge, but was suspended for trying. Key quote from the pitcher who dared him: "It's kind of ridiculous that you get a 10-game suspension for steroids and a six-game suspension for milk." (Hat tip: J-Guar)

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