I saw this heartbreaking clip of an older female bus monitor being brutally bullied by middle school children. warning: there are a lot of profanities in this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_mj0MxLHBk&feature=related I cannot even begin to tell you how angry this made me. Yet, I'm not completely surprised. When I taught middle school last year, I saw how cruel some kids could be to each other. I also saw how little consequences there were for kids who choose to behave inappropriately. Many parents opt to believe their child's account of things over an adult and the kids know it. This is compounded by the fact that school employees must take care not to say or do anything threatening in any way or else risk legal action against them. This message is not lost on children. My son came to me when he was in 2nd grade and told me that he thought I should recommend to the principal that a teacher's assistant get fired because she supposedly yells at him and his friends when they are too loud at recess. He argued to me that no one is supposed to yell at a child. Don't misunderstand my post. Most adolescents are good kids and want to do the right thing. Most of the kids on that bus were probably horrified by the actions of the few that could be heard. But too many of them probably felt no fear in eviscerating this poor woman for their own personal amusement because society has taught them that kids are very special and should be coddled and adults are on or beneath their level. I would bet a small fortune that many or most of their parents would say "My kid would never do that" if that woman reported to the parents what had happened without the videotape evidence. What do you think can/should be done to change attitudes so that kids relearn to respect adults?