This morning I take my kids to the bus stop to watch them safely board the bus before I head out for the day.
I get there, and the bus stop mothers are flippin, Robynne is WALKING to school!!!
I ask about it, it seems she was involved in a minor scuffle on the bus last week, and got her bus privleges revoked for a day or two (thats standard), and her parents made her WALK!!!
Robynne is 6 frikkin years old, and she is the tiniest little thing I ever saw, she is totally defensless. The trip to school from the bus stop used to take me 15 minutes on my tenspeed as a teen, its a long long walk for a grownup, and for a person under three feet tall, its a marathon. AND there arent even sidewalks on this stretch of road, its essentially a 4 lane rural highway!!! Tons of traffic, not alot of houses - anyone else see a Dateline special looming in the future???
So I pull over, she hadnt made it far, and offered her a drive, she knows me as Frankie’s mom, I have helped on field trips etc. She was so torn! I didnt want to pressure her, but dammit! I have stuff to do too, I didnt have time to walk her to school!
She asked if I could just follow her in my car <awwwwwww>
We agreed to go back to the bus stop and get some more moms, I turned the car around and went back, she wouldnt even ride with me to the bus stop - she was afraid to.
I go get another mom, and we cant find her!!!
I followed the bus all the way to school, and the principal was all snotty with me when I told her about the situation, she was convinced that little Robynne was getting a drive. NO I said, she was walking! No, she replied, she was getting a drive, NO I told her, she was walking and now I cant FIND HER!
Little Robynne pops up beside her, the dear bus driver Peggy had seen her and picked her up.
I insisted to the principal that I would drive her if she wasnt allowed on the bus, that I go right by. She was very chilly, and not very nice about the whole thing, she kept saying " there is a REASON she isnt on the bus" (newsflash sweetie, I dont friggin care WHY! I dont want her raped and murdered you twit!)
She insisted that the parents had made arrangements for a drive and somehow this must be a misunderstanding or Robynne had left walking on her own volition.
She is wrong, her punishment for her suspension was to walk all that way alone.
I just feel sick. She is so small, so pretty, just a snack for the monsters that are out there.
Was I over the line? What would you have done? Should i report them to child protection? Call the school board? call the principal and apologize for over stepping my place?
I can tell you though, I will sleep tonight, my concience is clean.