“Linh, This past November, a friend of mine, Leo Maxville, 25, a Eucharistic Minister at St. Ann's, got his school bus driving license, and was assigned a route which someone prior to him hated and QUIT. A little background? Some students are so misbehaved, the particular schools Districts are ROUTINELY required to assign an ‘aide’ to ride bus everyday and help the driver maintain order, safety.
Yesterday afternoon, Leo entered the driver's room, sat and looked very discouraged. I asked him, ‘What's up, Leo?’ He handed me his completed (standard) form used by driver to make official complaint against student misbehavior. I looked at Leo's form and he checked every possible section of listed violations committed by ‘Reegan’ (7th grade, maybe 12-years old) during the morning bus pickup. Including ‘Mischief, hitting, tripping, profane language, damage to bus, Etcetera.’ Following is what happened to Leo who is also St. Ann's Youth Ministry Director.
The ‘perp,’ Reegan, typically sits in rear of the bus as do many both behaved & mischievous kids. However, a fellow student saw Reegan take an ink pen, poke a hole into the school bus seat, ripped it a few inches, and ink let loose all over the seat. (Note: Reegan's mother is white, father black, they live in Scranton's notorious Valley View Terrace Apartments)
A fellow student witnessed Reegan stabbing the seat and reported him to the female (late 20s) aide who sat in bus middle. Immediately after reporting what happened, the ‘whistle blower’ student was punched in the face by Reegan, an act which sent the aide running to bus rear, and making attempt to quiet things down. The aide sat with Reegan, and she motioned to Leo Maxville to continue on his route, until suddenly, Reegan started to PUNCH the hell out of the aide! She cried out and Leo once again stopped the bus, parked, and went to her aid. Upon Leo's arrival, Reegan, outnumbered, retreated to another seat. With red face & bloody nose, the aide furiously exclaimed, ‘I've had it, Reegan... I'm going to contact the Principal!’
Leo told me that the Principal simply told the aide, ‘O well, do what we're supposed to do... call Scranton Police!’ The aide called the cops and within a few moments, a Scranton cop arrived on scene and entered Leo's bus. By law, allegedly, the cop could not run Reegan downtown, reason because he's only in 7th grade. I am told that, in order to haul a mischievous and in this case VIOLENT kid downtown, the student must be in 8th grade! Holy shit, Linh? Needless to say, Leo was pretty rattled with this insane experience, and I offered to fill-in for him, switch bus runs for a while. Leo replied, ‘That's real nice of you, Chuck, but I heard your kids are not angels either, and besides, your run takes almost an hour & half to complete.’ Frankly, I want to do Leo's route just to experience the madness for a few days.
Finally, Linh and I'm sorry to take-up too much of your time, but here's some detail on Reegan's parents: White mother, corpulent, always a butt hanging from lips, she always has her hair shaved like Telly Savalas. Last Friday, she came to meet Reegan at bus stop and she wore a Dolly Parton style wig! Leo Maxville described Reegan's father, Beaux, as a ‘real wing-ding.’ He's a big guy, 30s maybe, and when he's at bus stop, Beaux tries to ‘hit on’ the aide who is, according to Leo, ‘nothing that would turn a guy's head.’ Typically, as Reegan disembarks bus, his father routinely tells Leo, ‘Ahs give you A'ficial pahmission to treat 'ma boy like you need be when he does actin' up, sir.’
Upon return, maybe you can meet Leo Maxville and listen to other school bus driving travesties.”
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
- Linh Dinh
- Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.