A bus driver from Princeton, New Jersey sent home a note to the parents of two students went viral back in November of 2016.
On the Facebook page for Love What Matters, it garnered the following response from a commenter:
“Sometimes children and or adults bully for no reason, this too is so heartbreaking. I do not believe that we parents have to chalk it up to “well this kind of stuff comes with the territory of growing up.” I say bull. We must teach our children at very young ages that bullying is wrong under any circumstances. We as parents have to change our way of thinking in these times. It won’t make our kids stronger or more roughed skinned it just makes them feel they have no one to have their backs. Please, parents, teach your children to be kind to everyone.”
The letter was addressed to parents Jorge and Leonor about their son and daughter Jorge and Annaliese and sent by Cindy Clausen.
She’s the driver of Bus #50 of the Princeton Public School District and also is a member of the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad’s Ladies Auxiliary which raises fund for equipments for rescuers. She had been driving a school bus for over 23 years.
We can understand Clausen’s job isn’t easy, but we will never know precisely how hard it is. We all remember our commute to the school bus and they were rarely anytime for peace. It’s where kids gear up their energy for the school day. Think for a while, how it’s all monitored by someone simultaneously driving to drive them safely! (Clausen has a bus aide, Ms. Ana, but most districts don’t have enough funds for bus monitors anymore.)
On the contrary it wasn’t bad behavior Clausen was writing home to the kids’ parents about. It was to say how wonderful their kids had behaved and how they’re a good example that their parents no doubt set.
What a letter to receive! Clausen began:
“I am compelled to write to tell you how beautiful your children are, inside and out! This can only come from the home, your patience and guidance, the examples that you set and teach.”
She then describes the compassion and support both Jorge and Annaliese have shown to a fellow student named Jackson, who has issues with mobility.
“Some days Jackson is a little sad getting on the bus but as soon as he sees Jorge and Annaliese he smiles. Jackson has difficulties walking and it takes a bit for him to get to his seat,” Clausen explained.
And one action, in particular, during that, had warmed her heart.
“Today Annaliese looked out from her seat and said ‘come on Jackson, you can do it’ and when we arrived at school Jorge took it upon himself to carry out his backpack. I know you know how wonderful your children are, but I wanted you to know that it shows.”
Take a look at the video of the story: