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School removes buses’ animal signs following complaint


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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A charter school has removed the animal signs that were used to help students identify their school buses after a student’s grandmother complained, feeling that the signs were “insensitive,” the New York Daily News reports.

The buses will now receive a number. Prior to the complaint by Sandra Conner, the buses featured small drawings of elephants, monkeys and other animals, and the animals’ names written underneath. The buses that Conner’s granddaughter rides had “Monkeys” and “Elephants” signs on them. Conner told the New York Daily News that she ripped the signs off of the buses and confronted the drivers and the school about the signs.

“It's subliminal. It's a negative reinforcement,” Conner told the news outlet. “They're not monkeys. They're not elephants. Imagine your kid has a weight problem and then you put him on the ‘Elephants’ bus. How would you feel about that?”

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If she didn't like the elephant or the monkey signs on the bus then she should have driven her granddaughter to school herself. Such a pity that one person could have such a negative impact on everyone else. I have hippo on my bus and I proudly show it off. I wouldn't be surprised if she now complains about her granddaughter learning about elephants and monkeys in school. Get a life grandma, go play some bingo or go to a JC and take some classes.

Knowie One    |    Jun 10, 2013 04:57 PM

unbelievable.she would not have been allowed onto my bus !!!

capain john    |    Jun 09, 2013 09:14 AM

ANOTHER STORY THAT MAKES ME SAD AND ANGRY, IT ALL STARTED WHEN ONE WOMAN DID NOT WANT PRAYER IN THE SCHOOL, THEN WE STOPED THE PLEDGE ALLEGLANCE, IN THE SCHOOLS, I AM A BUS DRIVER AND TAKE MANY TRIPS, YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE HOW MANY STUDENTS TALK TO EACH OTHER, DO NOT STAND, NOR REMOVE THERE HATS.WHEN OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM AND/OR THE PLEDGE ALLEGLANCE IS BEING SAID. AND IT ALL STARTED WITH ONE RADICAL PERSON WITH TOO MUCH TIME ON THERE HANDS, AND NO LIFE. THIS IS MY COUNTRY AND AS FAR BACK AS THE MEXICA BORDER WAR THE MEN IN MY FAMILY HAVE SERVED AND DIED FOR AMERICA. THEN I READ THIS NOSENCE AND JUST FEEL ILL. WE NEED TO START STANDING UP TO THESE RADICALS .

MARYELLEN CARR    |    Jun 07, 2013 05:25 AM

These signs are on the inside of the bus, what about her trespassing onto the bus and destroying school/bus property? Okay why not use shapes and the name of the shape, then the children can learn them as part of their education, too.

PJ    |    Jun 06, 2013 10:00 AM

Grandma needs a life. Too bad the minority now rules in this country. Polital correctness has gotten way out of line compared to common sense.She should have been charged for vandalism or theft.

JL    |    Jun 05, 2013 01:57 PM

I do not agree with the grandmother . I am a grandmother to and I have enjoyed the animals signs on our buses because I have been there whatching them load elementary students and the student know there right bus from the signs and the teachers don't and we have been doing this for severel years and it works to not get small children lost or on a different bus thanks you for listening

chrystal    |    Jun 05, 2013 08:47 AM

You all have common sense which the school administrators at this charter school lack. Unbelievable that this school caved in to this ridiculous woman. At the same time I guess it has become the expected response for the modern era. Sad, very sad!

Tim Bentz    |    Jun 04, 2013 03:34 PM

When Mrs. Conner's child misses the bus do it being substituted do to breakdown because it has a different number she will have another complaint. Elementary students do not remember numbers espescially if you change them hence the Animal in the window which you can readily transfer between buses.

Tony Keeler    |    Jun 04, 2013 02:34 PM

It angers me when society bends to the whims of ridiculous claims and that school districts always seem to be in the middle of these types of issues. I agree, with the comment about the lack of common sense that seems to be prevalent today.

Wendy Stevens    |    Jun 04, 2013 02:15 PM

It is hard to believe that someone actually took this nut so seriously. She should be sued and/or arrested for vandalism and the interference of a school bus. These symbols to identify buses have been used for years, particularly for kids too young to read or understand numbers. This kind of idiotic rationale and behavior, rewarded by the fact that she actually got her way, sends a far more disturbing message to the kids than whether they ride a bus designated by a zoo animal....that bullying - yes, bullying - your way irrationally gets you what you want. There's a good place to start bully prevention in the school - tell this whacko to go jump in the lake!

John Byrne    |    Jun 04, 2013 01:17 PM

She should be arrested and charged with tresspassing, vandalism, and quite possibly assault, not to mention defacing public property. She should sentenced to 1000 hours community service at the local zoo cleaning elephant cages.

Richard Skibitski    |    Jun 04, 2013 12:29 PM

We Teach where the bus is in line. As Buses rotate out for service or trips. students are taught to always go to thier place in line no matter what bus # is parked there. It has worked here for 30+ years here. I agree with all the posts here. One person can mess up a good deal of work and money. too bad.

Fred    |    Jun 04, 2013 12:27 PM

You have got to be kidding me, I guess next we will not be able to take kids to the zoo. After all we wouldn't want to give anyone the wrong idea by taking the kids to see the elephants, monkeys, snakes or lizards. kids will know anamils before they know numbers and the shape of a fish will be recognized no matter what language or what part of the world you come from.

Don    |    Jun 04, 2013 12:26 PM

Really?? I cant believe that this poor school had to spend money it surely didn't have to make ONE parent happy. Elephants are just that - Elephants and they are not supposed to be skinny and monkeys are just that - monkeys. Geez...this woman doesn't have anything better to do with her time? Why didn't they charge her with destruction of private property when she vandalized the signs by pulling them off of the bus?? Just saying .....

Indisbelief    |    Jun 04, 2013 12:13 PM

Seriously, this grandparent needs to find something more constructive to do with her time. These symbols on buses have no correlation to subliminal messages. Many districts including ours have both numbers and animal decals adhered to them. It is especially helpful to the early childhood and Pre-k student riders who are able to associate and remember they ride the "red lion" bus, but do not yet correlate and remember bus number #1033.

Lee N    |    Jun 04, 2013 12:11 PM

she should have been arrested for vandalism and for illegally boarding a bus

Anonymous    |    Jun 04, 2013 12:09 PM

The pictures of animals help young children easily identify their bus. I have never heard another child say to a bus rider, "0h, you ride the bear bus so you act like a bear." where has the common sense gone is our country???

Connie Toepel    |    Jun 04, 2013 12:08 PM

How truly sad when the irrational opinion of one person can force a district to change policy and procedures. When the other parents became angry with HER, for her behavior, that should have been the big clue.

Amy    |    Jun 04, 2013 11:58 AM

Isn't it such a shame that we live in a world where something rather harmless can be turned into something that is "Politically incorrect" because one person thinks it is terrible. I used to live in a world where most people had a little common sense snd didn't look at everything as a negative.

KATHY YANNAYON    |    Jun 04, 2013 11:41 AM

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