The kid under the bus goes round and round

As some of you likely know (more so if you are parents but I do know many teenagers do read this website) it is half-term for a lot of places in this country and I only figured that out when I was sitting on a public bus and it was … relaxing and quiet (as quiet as an old bus can go anyway) and it got me thinking of something I wanted to write about ages ago.

If you are as unlucky as me you might live in a place that has very little public transport at all and if this is the case you will know what I am on about, if not then imagine living in a place where if you wanted to go somewhere without your transport you have to rely on public transport that only exists to transport children to school (even if the council claims otherwise, they would cancel it in a heartbeat if they could). As you might be able to imagine these buses would have to pick up a lot of people as to be anywhere worthwhile running they would need to pick a lot of people up. So now imagine a bus full of people and now imagine the same amount of children all having to fit on one bus where they are not enough room.

So by now you should be imagining an overfilled bus and if you are, you could imagine if you was catching that bus you would likely catch the first one on it or take a later bus (which ha, doesn’t exist) and if you are thinking this you can be sure as hell the children are thinking this one. So what is better than queuing up nicely then pushing and rushing your way into the bus and in the progress endangering other people by pushing them onto the road used by the buses?

Yep, you heard me right. What happened was a bunch of children wanted to get onto the bus so fast so they can get the seat they wanted, pushed the smaller children out-of-the-way close to the road (and a few of them did indeed actually hit the road).

Now thankfully the bus station I use is “not that busy” but really, why the HELL does anyone let alone children need to physically push people out of the way just so they can get ONE seat on a bus?

Really does sitting at the back or at the top really matter “that” much compared to the health of someone else?

Well we already know the answer. Some children do not care and believe their status is more important than anything else. And some people wonder why pedophobia exists.

Need to reference?

Ellis, M. (2014). The kid under the bus goes round and round. [online] Snat's Narratives & Tales. Available at: [Accessed 02 Dec 2023].

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Wild Cat

But it all starts with parents really.
While the kids you are talking about are likely teenagers, I still blame the upbringing and parents.
Where I was brought up, the kids would stand up to give their seat to an older person…… never (or extremely rarely) have I seen that happen in the UK…
These kids are not brought up with manners, but with the “me me me ” culture where nothing else matters. Most of them are spoiled brats that get whatever they want whenever they want it so why are you surprised? 😉


I agree normally it is the parents fault, but this rant wasn’t commenting about that. And no, they was actually children. But ya it is indeed the me me me culture. And I ain’t surprised 😉

Wild Cat

I know you wanted to point out the crappy public transport, but in reality, the ones that are pushing would be pushing regardless if there was a bus 10 minutes later or not……. the difference would be that the rest of the people would have the choice to hang back and wait for the next one.


Oh, this is nothing to do with the crappy public transport – I already wrote about this. This was just about something I saw and ranted a bit about.

And ya, I do agree with you its still the kids fault regardless.