The Stupidity Continues

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Mother criminally charged for illegally boarding a school bus . . . because she thought her kid was dying.

Other kids were standing over the kindergartner’s assigned seat, yelling that Xander was slumped over.

“Help, he’s not moving,” she recalled during a recent court hearing. “We can’t wake him up.”

So she ran to the bus, up the steps and to the landing. The driver told her she couldn’t get on the bus. It’s against the law.

Keener kept going. “My focus was on my son,” she told a judge.

What happened on that bus Dec. 15 has earned Keener a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully entering a school bus. She’s now awaiting trial in Perry County Court.

The bus company remembers the story a little differently, and reported the incident — as they are required by law — to the state police because the driver asked Keener to leave the bus and she refused.

They say no one was screaming ‘help,’ that Xander was sleeping, like he had before and the driver wasn’t given enough time to handle the situation herself.

“Everyone’s focused on, he wasn’t really sick,” said Keener’s attorney Jeffrey B. Engle. “How do you know that? He could be choking on a Jolly Rancher. I can hop a fence to save someone who is drowning, even if it says ‘Keep Out’ if the harm sought to be avoided is greater than the possible violation of the crime.”

Keener faces up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. The prosecutor says the bus company urged him to press charges. The bus company denies that. But here’s the best line by the idiot prosecutor:

“Most parents aren’t a problem, but what do you do when a … sex offender wants to get on the bus and get his kids off? We need to have that protection in place.”

He’s right. I mean, you let this one mother who thought her kid was dying duck the law, and the next you thing you know, sex offenders will be coaching their kids to fake choking and heart attacks, so they can board buses full of children under the guise of an emergency, and then, and then . . . and then, what? . . . quickly molest all the children before anyone notices?

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73 Responses to “The Stupidity Continues”

  1. #1 |  Acertainflorentine | 

    Something else about sex offenders, how many of them are of the “19 year old had sex with 17 year and mom got mad and filed charges” variety. Police and prosecutors use “sex offenders” as a way to abridge individual rights because when someone hears the term they instantly think of a guy who lures kids into the back of his van.

  2. #2 |  demize! | 

    You got your letter of the law and you got your spirit of the law. We have a pedantic, Pharaseeic fetish with an unflexible application of idiotic ORDINANCES, not even rising to the level of law being enforced. Like the asshole judge sentencing that guy to jail time for resisting arrest, when the cops we’re mistakenly in his home. This is one of the hallmarks of a police state. No common sense no flexibility for the plebeian class, nothing but leniency for the equestrian class. But if it’s fo da chillenz, for da chillenz…

  3. #3 |  JS | 

    demizel, good point about letter of the law vs spirit of the law. I have long thought that every potential cop ought to have to know the constitution and have to watch and have explained to them Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, which is all about that spirit vs letter distinction.

  4. #4 |  DensityDuck | 

    #48: Thanks for pointing that out. It seems that maybe–JUST MAYBE–if you treat people right they’ll go easy on you, whereas if you’re jerks to them then they’ll be jerks right back.

  5. #5 |  Marty | 

    #48 | Cyto

    well said.

  6. #6 |  FTP | 

    Or, perhaps, Billy Budd.

  7. #7 |  Joe | 

    This is why we absoultey need juries.

    God, what a lack of common sense. And when does a school bus company get to decide prosecutorial discretion?

  8. #8 |  Joe | 

    I am really starting to dig Have Gun–Will Travel on Netflix. It is cheesy and simplistic, but as TV shows go it has some pretty good writing (Gene Rodenberry, Sam Peckinpaw, etc.). I liked the episode of the young sheriff who decided to impose the Phillidelphia municipal code on some frontier Wyoming town. Paladin knew his dad so he goes to try to help out. Paladin has some great lines about laws that do not reflect the views of the community are tyrany and how if you exclude guns from law abiding folks, only criminals will have guns.

    Anyway, this story reminded me of that.

  9. #9 |  James J.B. | 

    Cyto – disagree.

    The Mother was protecting her son. If some chomosome deficient, minimum wage bus driver tried to get in my way when I am saving my son, he’d be on his back. A little profanity would have been the least of his worries. I, too, would have been a bit steamed and as a taxpayer, would have called the bus company too. The driver was out of line.

    The dicks here are the bus company and the prosecutor. I would respond to their infractions as I said in post #26.

    Sorry. There is a good guy and a bad guy here. This one isn’t grey.

  10. #10 |  DensityDuck | 

    So let me get this straight.

    Helicopter moms addicted to paranoia force us to remove monkey bars, swings, and merry-go-rounds from playgrounds is *bad*. It’s an example of foolish people overreacting to perceived dangers and making things worse for everyone.

    But moms who panic at the sight of their child asleep, shove their way into a crowded schoolbus at their first chance, scream curses at the driver, rush down the aisle, grab the kid and drag him off the bus…that’s *okay*, because hey, the kid might have been in trouble. And trying to get the bus driver fired afterwards, well, that’s okay too, because hey! Might have been in trouble! Lying about it in court afterwards, making stuff up, well, y’know, might have been in trouble! Extremism in the defense of your child is no vice, right?

  11. #11 |  Thanks For The Nut Punch Radley | Hoogly Boogly | 

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  12. #12 |  GaryM | 

    This is a familiar pattern. Wave some boogyman like “terrorists” and “sex offenders,” to justify grabbing tighter and tighter control over people. There isn’t even a comprehensible purpose to it, just power for its own sake.

  13. #13 |  Goober | 

    You are expected to allow some barely above minimum wage state lackey to save your choking son now or else you will go to jail if you step in. Seriously?

    I guess i will be in jail soon if wanting to protect my daughter is a crime.

  14. #14 |  John | 

    The jury needs to tell both the judge and the DA that they will not find this person guilty of any crime — I suggest they do so at the end of the trial with a NOT GUILTY verdict!

    Then they should charge the arresting officer with dereliction of duty and tell him/her to go find some real criminals.

  15. #15 |  primus | 

    Actually, they should find the DA guilty of wasting the court’s time, which I believe is a no-no for lawyers.

  16. #16 |  JS | 

    Yea that’s another good one FTP!

  17. #17 |  Monica | 

    The prosecutor is a fucking retard. I want to know who it is so I can send a campaign donation to anyone who will take it on.

  18. #18 |  Kristen | 

    The prosecutor is a fucking retard. I want to know who it is so I can send a campaign donation to anyone who will take it on.

    The information you seek is right here in the comments.

  19. #19 |  pam | 

    what if the sex offender saved the child from choking would he/she still be a danger to society?

  20. #20 |  pam | 

    okay, so the parent signs a permission slip for the child to be on the bus but the parent doesn’t have permission to be on the bus. Right ??

  21. #21 |  David | 


    That wounds depend on how he applied the Heimlich.

  22. #22 |  ross | 

    Why don’t you name (and shame) the prosecutor in question (ideally with phone number, email, and office address disclosure)?

  23. #23 |  Robert | 

    Dum vs. Keener — does it get any better than that?