Bus driver loses job over bathroom trip
The ongoing debate regarding the fundamental "Right to Poop" was recently highlighted in Grand Blanc, Michigan, where a bus driver says a trip to the bathroom cost her her job. When nature called in an urgent fashion, the driver, who has been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), left a number of elementary school children unattended on the bus to attend to an even more urgent number: two.
The diarrhea summons and the bus both arrived at the school about ten minutes before classes began. Students in grades K-5 were on the bus; but the desperate driver, out of time to call another adult to the vehicle, told older students to supervise while she "went" inside. Although she took the bus keys and was gone for no more than three or four minutes, her supervisor was standing by the bus when she returned. Ach, that's probably enough to give one yet another batch of butt pee!
Claiming she "had no choice," the bus driver said she "couldn't have stopped what was happening." Like many IBS sufferers, she "didn't have the luxury of advance notice."
Parents' reactions were mixed. One whose kindergartner rode this bus said she's concerned about children being alone, but she's not sure the driver is to blame. "I would think they would try to come up with a solution by having someone there to relieve the (bus drivers) if they can," she said. Or, this writer wonders, give them a can to relieve themselves in?
Two other parents said they sympathize with the driver, but don't think children should be left unattended. "If she knew that it was a fireable offense, then she probably should have been fired," said one mother who has two children at the school. (A fire-in-the-hole offense, this writer again wonders.) Another parent, acknowledging, "I'd probably be upset," doesn't know whether the driver should have been fired.
And yet again, the sacred rights of shitters are trampled into the, err, mud.
This brings to the forefront two issues of import to this site: first, the restroom-related responsibilities of school bus drivers (see "Bus driver sends child into stranger's bathroom"); and second, the rights of IBS victims, of which this writer is one. Since it is well-known that bus driving causes stress (ask Ralph Kramden), should every prospective driver be screened for IBS? Should Imodium be standard-issue, along with the tip jug and the bowtie? Or perhaps the tip jug could serve a double "dooty" in extreme circumstances such as these. The internal dialogue rages: "to bus or to bust?"