Tears on the Highway: Bullying on the School Bus
Over half a million school buses on the road every day in the U.S. are usually driven by caring and responsible adults. There are very few fatalities on or involving a school bus. Tears on the Highway presents a what if scenario what if children were being so disrespectful to the driver and fellow peers, by engaging in misbehavior and bullying, that it would directly contribute to the driver losing control of the bus.
This hart-hitting film does not focus on school bus safety. It is about school bus bullying and what could go terribly wrong. Successfully tested on children in grades 3-8, some scenes might be too upsetting to younger audiences. Your school bus transportation safety officer might be willing to cooperate with you in buying and using this important tool for improving school bus safety. Includes discussion guide.
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The film was very lengthy and didn't need to be. I purchased it to show our school bus drivers but I believe that many will get caught up with the poor filming and miss the bullying part.
I don't feel this is something that a 6th grader should be shown, let alone my kindergardener. They did not ask for parental consent to show this to my child. Something this upsetting and the implication of death should not be considered ok to show just because it is deemed educational.
I do plan on contacting my school district's superintendent about this. The schools can take it upon themselves to show movies like this during a school day? Without the consent of a parent who feels it isn't appropriate?
I have never seen my child so upset by anything. He was scared to ride the bus because he thought if someone bullied someone else, he would die. My child's exact words, "Mommy, I don't want to die just because someone else might fight on the bus."
My children were very disturbed and scared by the images they viewed in this very explicitly violent and melodramatic video. My 2nd grade student, who cried during the showing, was specifically upset by images that included spattered blood, children being thrown from seats and into windows, as well as sounds of the brakes screeching as the bus full of elementary students crashed. My 4th and 6th graders believed this "documentary" to be a retelling of an actual event. Consequently, they were very concerned for the children who suffered, and mourned for their loss.
Knowing that the truth is usually somewhere in the middle, I later viewed video for myself and was horrified to find it to be every bit as disturbing as my children had described. I feel that this movie is in no way elementary appropriate. This video succeeded in traumatizing my children, both initially and in the days following. They still experience residual fear as they brave their daily bus ride.
Parents' consent was not solicited prior to showing this video at our school. As a parent, I regret that my children viewed this video. We will be coping with it's affects for some time to come. I would urge anyone thinking about showing this movies to children, of any age, to reconsider and seek other options that are truly educational.