CBS News is reporting about two 7th grade boys in a small town south of Seattle that did something amazing. We’re talking HERO amazing. They were sitting on a school bus, minding their own business, when the driver had some sort of medical emergency (at the time of this post a heart attack has been suggested but not confirmed) and subsequently lost control of the wheel. Jeremy Wuitschick, 13, reacted immediately. He jumped out of his seat, straightened the bus, which was heading toward a church, and cut the ignition.
Fellow student Johnny Wood was right behind him to administer CPR to the driver. The video is below.
Watching the video (still below) I am struck by a number of things, first, that I’ve never seen a more quiet busload of kids. Second, when the driver starts having trouble, it is terrifying — terrifying for the poor man that is suffering and terrifying for what must surely be coming for all of the children on board. Even knowing that everyone is going to be okay doesn’t take that fear away.
However, the thing that strikes me the most is the composure and ability to act under pressure by the two boys in this situation. It makes me think of their upbringing and home life. Granted, I don’t know anything about the boys beyond what I have seen in the video, but I can’t help but feel that they did what they did, were prepared to do what they did, because they have some very strong role models in their respective lives. Parents? Siblings? Grandparents? Teachers? I don’t know, but as a father I can only hope that I am instilling in my two boys an ability to act and the willingness to do so.
As a dad, nay, as a parent, and more nay, as a responsible(ish) adult in our society, isn’t it my job to make sure that our children are able to fend for themselves, even (or especially) under dire situations? I tend to think so. It starts in the home, people. It starts in the home.
It takes a special mindset to recognize a problem, a danger to yourself and others, and to rise, immediately, to face it. Kudos to Jeremy and Johnny, and kudos to those of you out there that are raising children to do the right thing. It doesn’t have to be a runaway bus, there are spots for positive action everywhere.
I feel like I’m on a soapbox, but I know I’m preaching to the choir. We’re all in this parenting thing together, and after you watch this video perhaps you’ll join me in feeling a little bit proud of the kids featured, and slightly less worried about our collective future. Slightly.
Also, I’m signing my kids up for a CPR class.
Apparently I wasn’t the only one at Babble that was impressed with this story. Read Monica’s take over at Strollerderby!
Whit Honea can be found writing about whatever he feels like at his personal site Honea Express (Honea sounds like pony) and DadCentric. If you’re really bored you can follow him on the Twitter (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people).
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