Now pictures of animals are "insensitive"…

Offensive? / Enid Alvarez NY Daily News

Offensive? / Enid Alvarez NY Daily News


Brooklyn grandmother claims animal school-bus names ‘insensitive’ 
NY Daily News: A Brooklyn grandma put an end to the monkey business at a local charter  school. Sandra Conner, 64, was howling mad after learning the buses at her 10-year-old granddaughter’s Bedford-Stuyvesant school were identified by drawings of monkeys, elephants, jaguars and other animals.
The cartoon critters — used to help the students board the right bus since  2006 — struck Conner as insensitive. “When I saw that I was taken aback,” she said. “I said, ‘What is that? Why is there a picture of a monkey on her bus?’”
Leadership Preparatory school officials announced Wednesday that the animal system was now extinct. Each bus will instead receive a number, officials  said.
The buses featured small drawings of each animal with the beast’s name  written below. “It’s subliminal. It’s a negative reinforcement,” said Conner. “They’re not  monkeys. They’re not elephants. Imagine your kid has a weight problem and then you put him on the ‘Elephants’ bus. How would you feel about that?”
While other parents and grandparents of students at the school were  unconcerned about the bus names, a school spokeswoman explained the decision to  switch to bus numbers.
Leadership Prep Bed-Stuy has been using fun animal names for school buses  since 2006 and no one ever complained,” said Barbara Martinez.
“However, we had a single instance of a family member complaining … We  certainly would never want to offend anyone, so we are changing the bus names to numbers.”
Other parents said they felt the issue was blown out of proportion. “I think it’s making something out of nothing,” said Nicole Taylor, 29, whose daughter is in first grade. “It’s for the kids, not for the parents. It’s easier for the kids to remember which bus they get on.”
“My daughter takes the monkey bus,” Taylor said, laughing, “I guess the  monkey one might be a little weird, but I honestly don’t care.”
Like Conner, Claudette Mentore, 71, also has a grandchild at Leadership  Prep, but said she had no problem with the animal labels. “I don’t see anything wrong with that. Some of the children, they are small  and it makes it easy for them to remember,” said Mentore, whose grandson is in  kindergarten at the school.
Sandra Conner, right/Enid Alvarez NY Daily News

Sandra Conner, right/Enid Alvarez NY Daily News


Conner said she ripped the “Monkeys” sign off her granddaughter’s morning  bus last week and did the same to the “Elephants” sign on her afternoon bus.  Conner also said she had confronted both the bus drivers and the school about  the signs.
She acknowledged that not everyone agreed with her mission, and said that  some parents were angry when she ripped the sign off her granddaughter’s  bus.
Seems like this one woman is hyper-sensitive to me. I bet the animal names did make it easy for children to remember their bus. The young ones probably didn’t think anything of it except to remember to look for a certain creature. Let’s hope Conner isn’t offended by a certain number!
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Dr. Eowyn
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The scope of “sensitivity” expands ever wider and wider.
Memo to the American Psychological Association: Add this new personality disorder to your next Diagnostic Statistical Manual — HPSD: Hyper Political Sensitivity Disorder.

d..h..
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d..h..

WEll if they respond so fast to one persons abjection, how will they respond if all the mothers that dont want to have a panic situation with thier kid gets on the the wrong bus and gets lost, assemble and protest at the end of the school day and make all the teachers and administraters late to get home and miss thier cocktail hour, This kind of thing is stupid and when these kind of objections arise, they need to be told to go screw themselfs,,and dont look if i

Debredbird
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Debredbird

Is Connor wearing a hijab in this pic?

Christine A Hall
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Uh HUH! EXACTLY!! I saw that too. Mooslims messing w/ our previously well ordered world once again! *long tired sigh* When will this END?????
As to Japoa below, 666 wouldn’t bother her at all, they already serve the master that holds that number dear!!

japoa
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Maybe she would rather her granddaughter be labeled with a number like uhhhhhhhhh……..666 !………………….Was that the number you were referring to DCG ?
Grandma looks like she’s got on hell of a chip on her shoulder. What a tool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
” We certainly would never want to OFFEND anybody ………………..” Got the barf bag out just in time , before it hit the keyboard ! Whew !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TrailDust
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Insensitive to who? Looking at Sandra Conner, I would say that YES, this is indeed insensitive…
to the monkey.

Joan
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Thank you DCG for this amazing post. Dear God, help us with these people who think they know everything!

Patrick
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Patrick

Sounds like a job for a mental health professional!

Screwtineyes
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Screwtineyes

Yes, because I’d rather my child was thought of as a number…./sigh

Suanne
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Suanne

What is this world coming to! An elephant is the largest animal on this planet , besides those hidden dinasours) is the most protecting of her calf, they walk on the same path as there ancester. We should be greatful we have these beautiful creatures on our earth, You just can’t say anything these days geeesh.
These people have no education and no real thought of what they are saying. God bless this country..

Christine A Hall
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This was such a beautiful thought! They also all tend each other’s young and teach them their ways of doing things, They tend to their dead ancestors, going back to the death grounds and picking up and rearranging their bones, w/ total realization these are the bones of the elephants that went before them. (I’m trying not to make them too much human, but they are so much MORE than most humans, it’s hard.) That was such a dignified and beautiful thought, Suanna!

Laserboy
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Laserboy

As a kid I rode on bus # 666 and I turned out ok.
Except for the horns and pointed tail.
Gee, it’s hot in here.