A teenage, straight-As student, is branded a bully and barred from the school bus for daring to stand up for a special needs child who was being bullied.
Note, this was not a thoughtless, impulsive reaction, but someone who acted after months of watching a helpless student get bullied, and after repeated calls to the bus driver and the school authorities to do something.
The story can be found here, and on many other news outlets.
Now, I've seen some of the official responses, and claims that we can't judge because we are only hearing one side of the story.
What I have seen is a brave teenager clearly distraught at what she has seen, who went well out of her way to alert the proper authorities before resorting to talking to the bullies herself.
What I have seen are pretty lame excuses by the school authorities. So, they didn't receive a complaint in person from a special needs child who was incapable of being aware that she was being bullied. Does that make it OK?
What I notably haven't seen, amidst all the limp-wristed official bluster, is:
(a) Any rebuttal of the claims that Stormy made repeated complaints on behalf of the bullied child. So, presumably they did indeed receive the complaints.
(b) Any explanation of why they refused to take action on any of those complaints.
...Especially when they were so darned quick to act on the complaints leveled by the cowardly bullies themselves.
It steams me up when those in authority pay more attention to the "rights" of wrongdoers than to those of victims or people doing the right thing.
I may never have all the facts, but I can see well enough which side is the more credible.
Well done, Stormy.