Re: Cyberbullying on the rise story and photograph, March 3
There is no excuse for your mistakes
Cyberbullying is awful, yes, but let us all take a moment to look at what's written on the board in the photograph. Is the boy in the photo looking in horror at the misuse of the word "your" on the board?
I hope so. I realize that writing conjunctions and the possessive case of words is a difficult concept, and that individuals everywhere have become very lax when using (and not using) apostrophes, but the caption next to the photo leads me to believe that an educator at Largo Middle School wrote these ugly sentiments on the board, not a student.
There should be absolutely no excuse for the misuse of the word "your" in two of the statements written on the board. Let me note the correction: "You're fat," "You're retarded," is the proper way these two statements should have been written.
I suggest we spend some time reviewing rules of grammar and punctuation before passing along these mistakes to our children.
Juliane Abudi, Palm Harbor
Did an educator write that mess?
Regarding the photo on the front page of the Tuesday Tampa Bay section, can it really be possible that a professional counselor who is teaching our children something wrote this grammatical mess on the blackboard?
Is it also possible that the photographer taking the photo didn't catch these errors?
This is scary.
Troy Robinson, Largo
Re: recent letters criticizing school bus drivers
Give school bus drivers a break
A bus driver's day starts at 4:30 a.m. with a complete 56-item check of the bus, followed by driving high school, middle school and elementary school students to school on time. Then at 1 p.m. we pick them up and take them home — a total of about 125 miles every day.
Imagine driving on the roof of your car with an 8-foot by 30-foot room of 42 elementary students. The noise and behavior problems are compounded by bad drivers. We arrive home about 6 p.m.
Yes, to be a school bus driver you must have a commercial drivers license, pass an annual physical, be subject to random drug tests and be approved by the FBI, complete with fingerprinting.
So throw me under the bus again. Problem is, I have the keys and I love kids.
John Wiser, Clearwater