To the Editor:
This letter is in response to Ken Joseph’s letter to the editor printed last week.
Just like you, Mr. Joseph, I can no longer hold back and must comment. I am the father of that special needs student you are referring to.
First of all Mr. Joseph, you were not on the bus that day. Therefore, you don’t actually know the events that took place. So, in my opinion, you’re not in any political position to say what did or did not happen that day on the bus.
Your letter makes it sound like you’re friends with Mr. Keyser. Since you’re friends, I’m sure you know some of the story, but you aren’t aware of the entire story or the timeline on which all of this started. The incident happened on a Friday and I was not notified until Monday afternoon. You made a statement about “uninformed citizens.” You are just as uninformed as the citizens to which you refer. In fact, your letter sounds more like you are just trying to defend your friend. You also make a statement that you would have no problem with any teacher or bus driver physically restraining your child. I’m sure, as a parent, if this situation happened to you, you would have pursued it as well. If not, that sounds troubling to me.
As a parent, it is our responsibility to protect our children. As far as I’m concerned, no adult has the right to physically or mentally abuse a child. Just because you are a teacher or bus driver doesn’t mean it’s acceptable either. If anyone in the position of a teacher or bus driver can’t keep their composure, they shouldn’t be in that position to start with.
However, at the beginning of the school year, there was an aide on the bus for two weeks. Somehow after two weeks, someone decided an aide wasn’t needed on the bus any longer. Yet, when the decision was made to remove the aide I was never informed. I didn’t find out the aide was removed until this incident occurred. If Mr. Keyser felt the need to keep the aide on the bus, why couldn’t he have done something about it?