Clearly, this kind and protective soul is the real threat. The school has complained that only one side of the story is being told, but what a side to tell. If these facts line up, it's hard to imagine what other side could explain how common assault is tolerated but threatening to stop it is punished by banishment.On the bus, Rich was shocked by how some of the younger middle school girls were treating a student with mental disabilities.Rich complained about the bullying to the bus driver, then to school officials, but says the adults took no action.Rich told Fox 35 about the mean middle school bullies: "They would be mean to her, tell her she couldn't sit on certain spots on the bus. They were giving her food that they put in her mouth. I actually had to tell her to spit it out because she didn't understand.""When the school didn't do anything, I told the girls, if the school didn't do anything, I was going to do something."However, that warning got Rich into trouble with school officials, who have now banned her from riding the bus.
She did just what we'd want, in a perfect world. She stood up, she followed the channels, and when those channels failed to protect the innocent she made sure someone did. She was punished for doing the right thing, at an age when she is learning how to step out and be independent.
Rich isn't in nearly as much trouble as the girl she was protecting. If the bus driver isn't trying to control the situation, that poor child is at the mercy of the others, now without a buffer to help.