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Should The Bus Driver Have Shut Up About Gay Supporters Going to Hell?

The sad part of this story about an Indiana family suing bus driver Betty Campbell for reprimanding their daughter in 2008 isn’t that the little girl doesn’t believe in marriage equality. It’s that she was somehow informed voting for Obama would be a vote in support of gay marriage. Silly girl: The president doesn’t support it.

Should an adult get into a dispute with a stranger’s child over religious beliefs? Nah, it’s not the place. But every adult has a responsibility to stamp out students spreading hateful words, though “stupid little bigot” probably takes it too far. As does driving back to the student’s home.

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  • David Ehrenstein

    “Stupid little bigot” doesn’t take it far enough. The little cunt was wrecking havoc on that bus and deserved to be smacked upside the head.

  • Cam

    The other students parents should sue because the one daughter “Damaged” them by telling them they were going to hell.

  • Jaroslaw

    I rode a school bus almost my whole life. If this bus driver was obnoxious with every child, the parents would have complained and this driver would be gone. I think there is much more to this story. And what the hell does an 8 year old know about Gay marriage and abortion anyway? Perhaps the bus driver went too far saying “none of your damn business” but the anchor said “listen to the tape” and the driver DID NOT say “stupid little bigot.” Is that somewhere else? I’m not excusing the driver, but what do you think happens at school or on buses? Kids cuss, carry on whatever; say and talk about all kinds of things. What this bus driver said would not scar this child for life. They’re not that delicate. If they are, what are the children discussing such heady subjects for anyway? I’m not saying infringe on free speech, but my guess is the driver intervened because other riders were getting upset and it was getting out of hand.

  • Tom

    Sounds like the CHILD was the one doing the harassing with hate speech and infringing on other people’s space. The family being the calculating Christians they are chose to spin it before the facts shed light on the real story which was their nasty spawn disturbing the peace on a school bus. There are rules and codes to abide by as a youngster on a school bus…I’m sure we all know that. When I was a kid, if you got even remotely out of hand, the bus driver would turn the bus around and drop you off at school and put in a request with the school to never allow you to ride on the bus again. Faux News running with their slanted zealous agenda (as always)

  • Tallskin

    Good for the bus driver.

  • scott ny'er

    IDK. If fox and the family are spinning it, they are spinning it really good. Here’s the story from the link.

    The family is suing for recompensation for money outlayed to see the tape and to get the driver fired. That’s not unreasonable. Especially if their daughter didn’t say anything about gays going to hell.

    Now maybe there is more to this but it seems pretty clear now. Unless there is more info out there based on this, the driver is wrong.

    According to the surveillance video, the bus driver told the girl: “I don’t want to hear one more word about anyone going to hell if they’re gay or if they’re Buddhist or whatever cause it’s none of your damn business.”

    “I’m not trying to be mean but you can’t talk like that to people. I have heard you darling. It’s not like I have never heard you,” Campbell said in the video.

    However, Zimmer said during a deposition, and while she was under oath, Campbell admitted she had never heard the girl talk about gays going to hell.

    “Their reaction to this one is I think honestly, ‘let’s not do what’s right. Let’s protect ourselves against a lawsuit and we can strong arm the Zimmers,'” said Zimmer.

  • B

    No. 2 · Cam wrote, “The other students parents should sue because the one daughter ‘Damaged’ them by telling them they were going to hell.”

    Huh? You want a lawsuit because a child acted very childishly?

    If they sue a kid’s parents for the kid telling other kids that
    they were going to hell, can the kid’s parents counter-sue if the other kids reply by saying, “we’re going only to watch the devil have sex with your daddy”?

    Lighten up, and be grateful it is someone else’s kids!

  • Jason Clute

    I’m kinda ok with this. Boo hoo little to her racist, homo hating parents for teaching the kids this stuff. Nothing the bus driver did was wrong. She’s protected by the Constitution. Separation of church and state, and freedom of speech…

  • Grace56

    Perhaps you guys need some facts before you go attacking a young girl the Bus driver, said during a deposition, and while she was under oath, she had never heard the girl talk about gays going to hell.

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