Yesterday some fellow crossing guards of mine got drawn into a road rage incident with a driver. The driver wanted to make a right turn when the crossing guards had stopped traffic. To him, he might have thought he could do it, since many people think that if there are no kids/guard directly in front of their car, what harm can there be to slip through? However, drivers have to stop and remain stopped for the duration that the guard is out in the street with his sign up. This driver did not understand that. He wanted to turn right, the guard told him to stay put. The driver got mad, and got out of the car and punched the crossing guard. When the other guard working there ran over to try to help his partner, the guy gave him an uppercut to boot.
After this scuffle, the driver got back in his vehicle and took off. Last I heard on the news the cops are still looking for the guy. The guard who was initially attacked went catatonic, and he’s still in the hospital. I don’t think he was severely injured physically, but was scared out of his mind. This is absolutely despicable, both these crossing guards are in their sixties and some asshole goes and punches them just because the guard’s wouldn’t let him break the law. They are some of the nicest people I know, and are out there every day protecting the children. A part of me wishes that I could have been there to help, being young and brazen and all.