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March 16, 2008

File under 'No good deed goes unpunished' — Truant schoolgirl stops runaway school bus carrying 40 students, then gets detention


It happened last Wednesday morning in Seaside, California.

You could look it up.

Or read Clarissa Aljentera's Monterey Herald story, below.

    High school student takes action when driver falls from seat

    School bus riders get a brake

    Amanda Rouse [above] was not supposed to be on the school bus, but might have averted a tragedy Wednesday when she managed to stop the vehicle after the driver fell out of her seat.

    Rouse, a 15-year-old Marina High School student, was sitting behind the driver's seat and pulled the emergency brake when driver Christine L. Graves fell as she made the turn from Contra Costa Street onto Sonoma Avenue in Seaside about 8 a.m.

    After Rouse pulled the brake, the bus hit two parked vehicles.

    "We hit a bump and everything was going fast," said Rouse. "She fell off the seat and down the stairs."

    The driver called to Rouse to pull the emergency brake.

    "The back of her head was against the door," Rouse said. "I helped her up and then she called the station to help."

    Representatives from the transportation department of Monterey Peninsula Unified School District were summoned.

    "She (Rouse) acted in the way that she was trained," said Bill Martin, director of transportation for the school district.

    About 40 students from Colton Elementary School were on the bus. They were checked by Seaside firefighters and there were no reported injuries. The students were later transported to school.

    Graves, 37, was taken to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula with minor injuries.

    Early Wednesday, Rouse felt ill while being bused to Marina High. Rather than calling in sick, she asked Graves if she could stay on the bus for a ride back to the bus yard.

    "I should have gotten off the bus and called my grandma," Rouse said.

    Her grandmother, Sally Correll, said she was proud Rouse took quick and decisive action — but knows she made the wrong choice because she didn't call in sick to school.

    "She is in trouble with school because she made the wrong decision," Correll said. "But I can't help but believe that she was where God wanted her to be."

    Rouse must attend Saturday school as punishment.

    A CHP report said Graves was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident. The reason she lost control and fell out of her seat are under investigation.

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I am Amanda’s grandmother. We are all very proud of her. I have to agree with Bob though. Amanda did break the rules and she is taking responsibility for it and wants to serve Saturday school. Amanda feels it wouldn’t be fair to the other students that get Saturday school for the same reason. Mr. Livermore is an awesome principle!!! He didn’t give her Saturday school. That was the assistant principle. She will also be getting recognition from the district. Thanks to all of you for caring!

Posted by: Sally Correll | Mar 19, 2008 4:37:54 PM

'No good deed goes unpunished'?

No the good deed was rewarded. The bad dead was punished.

In grade school, I got in-trouble all the time doing the right thing. I knew that I was in the wrong place and doing the wrong things (at least as rules go...not as morals go)...heck, I remember being up on top the school and stopping some of my classmates from throwing an underclassman off (ya could make a HUGE jump into the diving pool from a hatch up there...not that anyone did so willingly). Guess what? I was punished...not the suspension I should have gotten for being up there, but the lessor month of detentions.

Doing a good deed is not a get out of jail card.

Posted by: clifyt | Mar 16, 2008 3:14:40 PM

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