Saturday, February 13, 2010

Translate, Please

For your reading pleasure, tonight I provide you with a story from KSDK in St. Louis. It is standard fare for this news website. I can not believe that the people they hire have actually graduated from an institute of higher education. Check it out:

Mom goes to ER after incident with school bus driver

By Ashley Yarchin

KSDK -- At home Friday night, the Salyers know how precious those moments truly are.

"This is my family," said 12-year-old Erin. "They're my life. This is all I have."

She said she thought she was going to lose it all just 24 hours before when her school bus stopped at Devonshire and Ivanhoe at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday and the driver, she explained, came to the back of the bus yelling and screaming profanities. She and another girl were the only ones on board at the time.

"He kept on getting madder and madder," Erin said.

Fortunately, Erin's parents forgot to take her cell phone out of her backpack before school so she was able to call for help. When they found her less than a quarter of a mile from home, her mother got close to the front of the bus to talk to the driver.

"He literally shut the door completely and started driving away and my leg was still in the door," Tammy said.

"...You just thinking worst case scenario if I wasn't there and it was just my wife. I could've lost my wife, my daughter would have seen it," said Erin's father, Calvin.

The Salyers spent the day at Fanning Middle School discussing the incident with school officials. The district is now aware of it and is investigating but would not comment just yet.

"We are stepping up and being the parents we should be and we're looking out for all the kids that go to that school and ride that bus line and we're gonna prove to 'em that were not gonna take their lax in employment," Calvin said.

Calvin adds he hasn't heard back from the bus company, First Student, which is contracted out by the district.

St. Louis City police are also investigating this incident. The Salyers have contacted an attorney and plan to take action against the bus company. First Student had not heard about the incident when NewChannel 5 contacted them Friday.


Please. Somebody explain that to me. Sure, the 'reporter' did her bare minimum. Perhaps somebody should have instructed her on how to actually write a story. Here's what I know from the article:

WHO-Tammy Salyer
WHAT-a school bus driver closed her leg in the bus door
WHEN-about 6:30 p.m. Thursday
WHERE-Devonshire and Ivanhoe
WHY-she tried to talk to the bus driver about yelling at her daughter for no reason

That's what I get out of it, after reading it numerous times. I don't see anything about the ER. That's what the title promised me. But no. This is the KSDK website. The article is never about the headline. Here are some of my questions:

Did Tammy have some kind of injury that necessitated the ER visit?

What is the first sentence all about? What precious moments?

How was Erin-the-kid going to lose her family?

Why did the bus driver come back and holler at them for no reason?

Why was she on the bus so late?

How was that phone in her backpack if the parents take it out every morning? Does she try to sneak it to school every day, and they take it out every morning, but forgot just this once?

How did Tammy's leg get in the door of the bus if she merely 'got close to the front of the bus to talk to the driver'?

How could Calvin-the-dad have 'lost his wife' if he wasn't there? Did he pull her to safety? Did he step in front of the bus?

Why did Calvin let his wife confront the driver? Be a man, Calvin!

What school dared to educate Calvin? What does he mean that they're "not gonna take their lax in employment," anyway? And why doesn't the reporter know the difference in we're and were?

When did NewsChannel5 become NewChannel5?

I don't get it. It's like reading a 9th-grade essay. Oh, and Erin can't really say that her family is all she has. If you watch the video, you see that she also has two laptops.


Kathy's Klothesline said...

If you like this, then you will love the newscast on channel 8 in Columbia. They have students!

Hillbilly Mom said...

A student might actually apply something that is being taught. Or not.