A Florida father stormed on the school bus to yell at boys who’d tormented his 13-year-old daughter, who has cerebral palsy. The tirade was filmed by an onboard camera and went viral on YouTube. The father, James Jones, was charged with disorderly conduct and disrupting a school function. He’s apologized, but said he “could not stand by and helplessly watch her suffer.”
Jones’ wife, Deborah McFadden-Jones, said the parents left messages with a school guidance counselor, but didn’t hear back. The mother said their daughter was bullied for standing up for another girl.
Jones told deputies that “boys placed an open condom on his daughter’s head, smacked her on the back of her head, twisted her ear and shouted rude comments at her. He said she has been “teased, spit on, pulled, poked and pushed — and that she had an emotional breakdown after describing the harassment.”
Jones has been getting a lot of support. Ricochet writes about The impotence of having your child bullied.
I do not tolerate bullying. What my students don’t know is that I have watched both of my children bullied. The oldest got very quiet. When we determined what was happening (in middle school) we went to the principal and (to his credit) he put all of the boys in that grade together and told them that if it happened again, they were suspended and if their buddy wasn’t in school that day, it didn’t matter. That if their buddy did it again, he would be suspended as well. And it stopped.
Second child came along, and the bully was the son of a teacher (smaller than my son). Mine decked hers and ended up suspended, which I understood but told my son it was the appropriate punishment because he took things in his own hands. Same middle school, different principal. When it carried over onto the bus (and video) he finally did something and it stopped.
Instead of taking matters in his own hands, Jones should have gone to the principal and then the school board, she writes. “Here, his daughter would have an IEP and that means federal protection as well. Would I be screaming for that? You betcha.”
Is there “a special place in hell” for “little morons” who bully vulnerable children? One hopes so.