No talking on the bus

A school bus driver in New York was fired for discussing stem cell research with her passengers the day before the election.

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. — Just before her afternoon run, school bus driver Julianne Thompson was reading an interview with Mel Gibson, in which the actor spoke out against stem cell research.

When her elementary school passengers hopped aboard for the ride home, Thompson decided to share what was still fresh in her mind.

“I have a factoid for you,” she told the 7- to 10-year-olds over the public address system.

Then Thompson told the students what she’d read — that in 23 years, embryonic stem cell research hadn’t produced a single human cure.

She encouraged the students to tell their parents.

They did.

Thompson was fired a week later.

District officials in this northern suburb of Buffalo told the driver that her Nov. 1 conversation was inappropriate and that parents had complained. She said she was also accused of running an unruly bus, something she strongly denies.

You’d think a warning would have sufficed.

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  1. No, the discipline is inappropriate. “Even though what she did was over the line, the punishment did not fit the crime.” (An old saw, but I think it’s succinct.)


  1. BUFFALOg says:

    Don’t Mention Stem Cells

    It turns out that Mrs. Thompson’s husband is the irrepressible “Mayor”, frequent poster on Free Republic.