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Saturday, May 14, 2005
School Trip Day - Not like it used to be.
Thursday, I spent 12 hours as a chaperone to eight 8th graders in Washington DC. We saw the Arlington National Cemetery, the Jefferson Memorial, the Capitol, and several of the Smithsonian museums.
What a day. I really respect those teachers. They have a tough job.
What was disappointing to me was that we didn't get to go inside the Capitol Building. Guards with automatic weapons were prevalent around the structure. We couldn't even stand still to try to organize the several hundred school children who had been given the wrong directions by Capitol staff. We lumbered from one spot to the next, stopped to regroup for a few seconds before security forces would swoop down on us again to tell us we couldn't stand still. This happened 4 or 5 times until we used up all of the time we had allotted to tour the Capitol, and then we left.
Very few people appreciate security as much as do I. But there is something very disheartening about showing these kids where our government is, and being treated that way. By the end of it, I was fully prepared to be arrested and interrogated. I would have been fine with that.
The rest of the trip was wonderful. Nice weather. Reasonably good kids. Security at the Smithsonian was both workable and effective. The dinosaurs seemed smaller than I remembered though.
It just wasn't like I remembered it from my school trips. I guess nothing is.
Friday, May 13, 2005
According to CNN.com, a man in Wilmington, North Carolina found a finger in his frozen custard. This time, officials have confirmed that this incident was no hoax. Officials from the agricultural department said that the owner of the ice cream shop confirmed that one employee lost a finger in a food processing machine.
Story by Craig Springer
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
How Safe Is Your Childrens' School Bus Driver?
I was surprised to find that we shouldn't have much faith in our Delaware public school system's ability to screen school bus drivers.
Some of these drivers work for the school district, and some work for private bus companies which are contracted by the school District.
In either case, Delaware Law requires a record check.
Are these checks being done? The answer may surprise you. And if they are being done, what is happening when they find a record? What sort of record should disqualify a person from being a school bus driver?
How about convictions for :
Failure to Stop at a Red Light
Possession of Marijuana
Attempted Criminal Mischief
Patronizing a Prostitute
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Would you want such a driver driving your children around? Our bus driver had all of those convictions.
A couple of years ago, the State of Georgia discovered their part of this problem. When will Delaware fix ours?