I have to admit, when I read the title of this article by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso (linked above), I did giggle a little. But, the article does pose an interesting question. Did a bus driver who kicked two thirteen-year-old boys off his bus for farting react too seriously? The two boys lost their bus-riding privileges for the day when they passed gas, which the school principal deemed an “obscene gesture.” On the one hand, I think, yeah, this was a bit of an extreme response to a little farting! Passing gas is normal and natural and if the urge to do so is suppressed (as school officials suggested the boys do for the hour-long bus ride), it can be incredibly uncomfortable! On the other hand, however, the bus driver claims he’d warned the boys about their farting before and farting in public is a bit rude and can make people uncomfortable. I do think being kicked off a bus for farting is not only extreme, but also embarrassing for a middle school student who maybe couldn’t hold it. But I also think that if they boys were purposely farting in order to be funny or make the other bus riders uncomfortable, they do need to understand that this behavior is rude and unacceptable.
Giarrusso, Theresa Walsh. 13-year-old kicked off bus for cutting the cheese! Good call? Retrieved from http://blogs.ajc.com/momania/2011/05/13/13-year-old-kicked-off-bus-for-cutting-the-cheese-good-call/?cxntfid=blogs_momania.