DSM: Re: give the finger to the school bus

From: Alan Klein (Alan@Klein.Net)
Date: Fri Jan 18 2002 - 14:08:50 EST


When I was a kid, my brother and I used to call school buses "Big Yellow
Monsters" because they gobbled up kids!

~Alan Klein

----- Original Message -----
> While working at Fairhaven, I had the opportunity to commute to work with
two
> teens. They always wanted to shout "fascist!" or give the finger to the
> school buses we passed. ( Fortunately, our car was not run
democratically.
> As the dictator / driver, I felt a policy against antagonizing others was
> helpful to my sanity and everyone's safety.) My sense, from talking to
them,
> was that the buses themselves and, to some extent, the drivers were the
> object of their anger / derision. It was easy to see that they saw the
buses
> as symbols of their own former oppression. While they sometimes expressed
> frustration that so many of their peers were not in a position to question
or
> resist that oppression - they sometimes referred to the school-bus
passengers
> as "sheep," they did not really express any hostility toward the students,
> themselves.
> Robert Murphy

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