I COMMEND two adults who I saw discipline high school students last Friday afternoon while I made a bus trip into Perth.
Firstly, a teacher from the school came out of an aged-care village to the stop to speak to students waiting there. Residents had seen students disturbing their peace by hanging off trees (and damaging the bus stop from what I could see) and may have used the village as a thoroughfare.
The teacher sought names from students and reminded them that they were under watch and any “bad” behaviour while in school uniform reflected poorly on the school.
At the stop near the school entrance, a tribe of students entered the bus with standing room only.
The driver came out from his seat to instruct that a girl on crutches be given a seat where it states: Please give a seat to someone who needs it more than you”.
The driver also left the bus later and came to the middle door to instruct students to move back in the bus to allow room for incoming passengers. He did that without fuss and the students obeyed.
The bus ride itself was not smooth because of an acceleration fault, and the noisy babble of the students until most had left the bus was another distraction.
I do feel the students should take more responsibility for their own behaviour and have more of the respect that teachers ask of them.
I saw the girl with the crutches using them at the bus port – her need to sit down as soon as she could was obvious.
I did ask myself “What is the matter with these kids that they need to be told to do things that appear obvious to anyone with half a brain?”
On a more positive note, I asked to buy a packet of biscuits from a girl who was lugging a box labelled Girl Guide Biscuits, which are sold as a fundraiser for the organisation. I recommend the double chocolate ones.
CAROL ROE, Manning.