A 13-year-old Ohio boy and his buddy lost their bus-riding privileges for a day for farting on the school bus.
James Nichols and Kristine Kuzora are upset the school ruled their son’s passing gas as an “obscene gesture.”
“Canal Winchester Middle School officials cited the boys for making an obscene gesture in violation of the student code of conduct in revoking their rides to school Friday.”
“The bus driver had warned the boys a few weeks ago after another joint gas attack, so they apparently were designated repeat offenders and handed one-day bus suspensions, Nichols said.”
The vice principal told Nichols his son “should hold his gas on this hour-long bus ride, if in fact he has gas.”
Anyone who has spent anytime at all with children, tween, teens or college-age boys knows that farting is a major part of their social interaction. I simply don’t believe that the bus driver could hear or smell the gas on a full bus of middle school kids. Kids smell by the end of the day and are loud. Now if the farting and subsequent laughing and joking got the kids out of control then I could see where that is potentially a safety issue for the bus driver. But can the farting kids be blamed for the crowd’s reaction? I’d like to see that one argued.
I tutor little fellows all the time and routinely they pass gas while we are reading. I just ignore it and keep right on trucking through the paragraphs.
So what do you make of it? Should passing gas be punished at all at school or on the bus? Has zero tolerance gone too far?
Do you punish for farting at home?
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