- Posted August 10, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your fantasy job exit
Take these keys and DRIVE IT!
Once upon a time I was a school bus driver (one of the most rewarding and/or thankless jobs) and drove up to the designated school where I had been working for 2 years. The teacher on duty came to the bus with a young student in tow telling me I must seat the student in the back of the bus. The current social structure called for the back of the bus to be a privilege reserved for the 6th graders who were graduating into middle school that coming June. This child was in the 1st or 2nd grade. I felt that due to his age he should be closer to me so that I could keep an eye on him. Given that seating was among very few choices the driver can use to control the children on the bus, I made myself clear that I was not going to follow her orders and that I had limited choices to provide safety to the children and it was my job to make that choice. She continued to argue with me demanding I seat this young child in the back of the bus. She refused to exit the bus until I did so. The license required to drive a school bus, mind you is very specialized and quite difficult to obtain. I knew this teacher was no more qualified to do my job than I was to do hers. I asked her how she would feel if I came into her class and told her where he should sit. This did not seem to bring my point home, so I finally handed her the keys, exited the bus and told her she could drive.
I was let go from the job, but my boss, the director of school transportation, told me he was forced to let me go by the powers that be, but that he fully understood my position.