September 23, 2010, - 3:03 pm

Justifiably Angry Father Deserves Kudos, Not Jail

By Debbie Schlussel

Perhaps you have seen the video, below, of James Willie Jones, the Florida father who boarded a Green Lakes Middle School bus, threatening students who harassed his daughter.  He’s come under fire, was arrested for disorderly conduct, and was forced by the politically correct in our country to apologize.

James Willie Jones & His Wife

But, frankly, I think he did the world a service.  While he faces disorderly conduct charges, the real disorderly conduct was the behavior of others, which brought him to this point.  The man’s 13-year-old daughter has cerebral palsy and was repeatedly bullied by kids on the bus.  And the “bullying” wasn’t just verbal.  It was physical assault.  These kids repeatedly slapped the girl’s head, twisted her ear, threw condoms on her head, and she had to go to the hospital because of stress.  The bus driver did nothing (though he has to deal with kids who weren’t parented properly, if at all).  And no-one ever disciplined the kids on the bus. They needed to hear this from someone:

“This is my daughter, and I will kill a [expletive] to back her. If anything happens to my daughter I’m going to [expletive] you up and everybody on this [expletive].”

I applaud this father for likely being the only man that ever spoke of meting out any form of discipline to these kids.  It’s notable that the father and the kids on the bus are Black.  And that’s because in Black America, the vast majority of kids are born to single mothers and never have a father in their lives.  This girl is lucky that she not only has a father in her life, but a father that cares enough to risk his freedom to protect her.  Sorry, but I think the criticism of this man is unwarranted, and he’s actually doing what a parent whose child is under attack should do–protecting his child.

I’m appalled at the storm of criticism he faces versus the absentee parents who taught their kids–the rest of the kids on the bus–that it’s okay to harass a disabled girl.  It’s more of what I’ve been writing about on this site for years–the death of outrage.  That the outrage is against this father, and not these kids and their sperm- and womb-donor “parents,” is the true outrage.  As I’ve noted before.  The outrageous are now the celebrated “outraged.”

Maybe Jones might have used different language, but it seems to me that this lingua franca of the street is the only thing they understand, and they’ve heard it plenty of times before.  And since it got to this point, perhaps that language was expressly called for.  What if the father had done nothing and “let the authorities handle it”? What if the bullying escalated and she was further physically attacked? Then, it might have been too late. I applaud this father, James Willie Jones. The sad thing is that most people do not.

So, am I right? Do you agree with me that this father was forced to take matters into his own hands? How would you have handled it if this was your daughter? I definitely don’t think he should have apologized. For what? Protecting his family? You never apologize for that.

The kid of a father who would do this to protect his kid is a lucky kid, indeed.  What used to be the norm is, sadly, all too uncommon.  Most parents don’t care.  James Willie Jones does.

And to me, that makes him a candidate for Father of the Year.

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59 Responses

Amen Debbie: I’m a dad of two girls and if this happened to mine, I’d be the happiest man in jail. The only difference is that I’d take it out on the perpetrators’ fathers. Whatever someone does to my daughter, I do to their father.

ScottG on September 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    That would be a great idea, Scott, if these kids HAD fathers. But they don’t. And if he took a much-deserved can of whoop-ass out on their poor “victimized” mothers, he’d be in even worse trouble than he already is.

    I applaud this man for what he did. Is there a legal defense fund we can contribute to?

    DG in GA on September 24, 2010 at 12:10 am

Scott G…I am with you my friend. Back in my day, the parents would have opened up another can of whoopass when the bullies got home. Then the bullies would have been forced to apologize to Mr. & Mrs. Jones with very sore butt cheeks/case closed.

#1 Vato on September 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Good point- these parents should be pissed at their own kids. I’m just waiting for one of the money/fame hungry parents of these little maggots to come forward with some civil case for pain/suffering against this dad.

    ScottG on September 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I caught the movie “Devil” this past Saturday which I recommend. It starts with footage of a city skyline that is upside down. It’s letting us know right from the start that things aren’t right in the world.

We are currently in the same upside down mode today. The father attempts to protect his daughter, disabled or not, and society says he is to blame.

Oscar on September 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I love this guy, and I don’t think he should apologize to anyone. Protecting your child is not a crime.

When I was in 3rd grade, two of my cousins came to live with us while their parents divorced. While picking us up from school one day, my mom overheard a kid making fun of my cousin Jimmy. She told him off, and we went home. The bully got his dad and the two of them showed up at our house (I have no idea how he knew where we lived) to cause more trouble. My dad was so furious that he came out of the house before they could reach the door and threatened to beat the dad’s hiney and to give Jimmy a ball bat to straighten out the kid. By the time the bully and his dad left, the dad was practically thanking my parents. The point is, parents are supposed to stick up for their kids – especially when the kids can’t stick up for themselves.

KerryB on September 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Debbie I think your right on the point. I am a father of 12 year old son and my daughter is 10 years old. And there’s isn’t a thing I would do for them (my kids) or my wife. It’s the job of childrens parents to protect them. As for I would go to any lengths to protect my children and I would happily give up my freedom if that’s what the cost was. In fact, I would stand up for someone else’s child if they were being harmed mentally and/or physically. I think it’s disgusting that some parents don’t care what their children are doing and how they’re behaving. This is one reason why America is has such huge problems today. I respect and admire Mr. James Jones for his actions.

RIck S on September 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm

i agree with you 100%. This man did what he had to do. His choice of words were what was called for. Now for the bullies, where are they? what punishment did they get, now that their actions are finally know? Way to go James !!

Nick on September 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

DS,

I would have done exactly as he did except I would not have apologized afterwards. I grew up in a ghetto. I know how ghetto people think & act. That includes black & whites. Ghettos are not confined to just black people. What they have is a pack mentality

I used to have to take a NYC city bus to grammar school when I was in the 6th grade. When I was with my friends I was never harrassed. When I was alone I used to get picked on all the time. If those same individuals who harrassed me were by themselves and it was one on one, they would not bother me or anyone else. If they had me or anyone else outnumbered they would harrass you.

That is just the way some people are. So therfore all they understand is strength. If he would have slapped one of them upside the head believe me they would never bother her again. Those kids are thugs & reprobates and bullies. How do you handle a bully? You punch them in the nose. Unfortunatly his daughter can’t because of her illness, so he should have.

This guy should be commended.

Debbie maybe you shoud use this site to start a collection to pay his legal bills. I will contributed, just let me know where to send the check.

The Sage on September 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

If I was a father, I’d do anything to protect my kid… and G-d help any one who got in my way.

That’s a parent’s first job and any one who doesn’t understand it has never had children.

Political correctness be damned.

NormanF on September 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I agree with you 100 percent. I don’t think he had anything to apologize for either. I have a grown son, but I would still defend him just as passionately as when he was five. A parent should never have to apologize for standing up for their children.

Rocky on September 23, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I sincerely doubt if these savage ‘children’ learned any new words that day.

DAN on September 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm

If you all dare, Facebook, has a page in support of Mr. Jones.

I have signed it. I support this man totally.

cthelight on September 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Thanks for the heads up, cthelight!
I just joined the Facebook support group.

Michelle on September 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I also agree with you 100%.

Karen on September 23, 2010 at 7:05 pm

OFF TOPIC:

The Muslima scientist from Pakistan accused of helping Al Qaeda to kill American soldiers got 86 years in prison despite everything a corrupt judge and incompetent federal prosecutors did to throw the case. The full details are here:

US jails Pakistani scientist for 86 years

So sad, too bad for Aafia Siddiqui. The jury’s finding of her guilt was unanimous.

And the reaction in Pakistan? Just another in the Religion Of Peaceableness’ hatred for America and infidels everywhere.

Hey, Debbie – don’t ya love it? Sometimes justice is served in America!

NormanF on September 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Dear Mr. James Willie Jones and Mrs. Jones,

Sir – if you happen to read this site, good job Sir – you make me proud. Mrs. Jones, you got one heck of a husband there and you should be proud.

I wish all parents had the courage you do to get out there and “mix it up” a bit when your kids are threatened.

If I ever happen to have the honor of meeting you in person, drinks on me until we drop:).

Jew Lover on September 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Debbie, as a Blessed dad of two girls, this story obviously hits home. While I don’t know the whole story, this man simply acted out of total frustration. Bad enough they were bullying his child, but she also has special needs, and these kids verbally and physically assaulted her. Where is all the video of the bus driver overlooking these attacks on this child?

The man’s language wasn’t nearly as vulgar as the behavior of these bullies that harassed his child, and for the do-nothing bus driver. In an age where there are way too many children without fathers, this man should get an award for defending his child.

Joe on September 23, 2010 at 8:05 pm

The first time I saw this I thought, yep he’s right but the system will destroy him. Only a complete cowardly idiot could condemn this good man for his attempt to defend his daughter. One has to wonder if there was some other avenue for him to try like some type of carpool for the girl. Or anything that would immediately stop this abuse. I might have directly confronted the parents of the little bastards privately and seriously to which they’d be motivated to do something fast, hopefully in my presence. This country continues to be on a downward spiral.

Samurai on September 23, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Bet this guy knows how the school system operates. They have complete contempt for parents and enjoy taunting them because they know there is not a darn thing parents can do about it.

Brian on September 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Debbie, we live in an ass backwards society. That’s why we have come to the point where the father who did the right thing is the bad guy for….DOING THE RIGHT THING!!!

Now you know why psychonut mentality is becoming the norm, and being on the right side of things is “evil”.

Squirrel3D on September 23, 2010 at 9:25 pm

To all those smearing this father: What did you think you would do if you found out YOUR kid was being bullied on the bus and no one did a damn thing?

Rocky Lore on September 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I agree that the father did the right thing.

I have a good friend whose son is now in his early twenties. When his son was in junior high, he was getting picked on by several kids in school. My friend and his wife went to the school administration and complained several times with no results. One day his son came home crying and my friend had enough. He got in his car and paid personal visits to the parents of two of the kids. In each case, knocked on the door and asked to speak with the father. Told the dads in no uncertain terms that if his son came home complaining about being picked on again, he would back to their house to “kick their (dads) ass”. It helps that he’s 6’3″/230 but his son was never picked on again.

michman on September 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm

What a brave man. A good man. I believe in self-help because this disgusting PC society will eat the good people alive.

I am gonna join that support FaceBook.

If those bleeping Liberals were so bloody successful with their ideology and dogma, why is bullying still so prevalent today? If their namby-pamby ways were so successful, bullying would have been wiped out years ago. That alone proves my point that Liberalism is a lie and generates the exact opposite of it’s stated attempt.

Skunky on September 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I wholeheartedly agree with what this father did…his only miscalculation was not considering the bus camera rolling…I would be much more pleased to read that the fathers of some of these little degenerates were spittin teeth thanks to Mr. James Willie Jones…the bus driver needs a beating too in my view for tollerating these punks and their behavior on his bus…If someone were to treat my daughter in this manner, I would most probably knock they or their parent’s dentist into a higher tax bracket…

hill billy on September 23, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    As a father of two kids in this girl’s age bracket I have to agree with all the resposes up to this point. One question: how would you react if it was your kid doing the bullying? I get the feeling the parents of those kids don’t know AND don’t care. Otherwise they would have said something in defense of this father, as I would have done. I can’t tolerate and won’t take bullying of any kind from anybody. It does not build character as so many excusers (mostly other bullies themselves) would like you to beleive.

    theShadow on September 24, 2010 at 12:12 am

I would probably react as he did but I would also expect that there would be consequences for my actions. We don’t get a pass from acting as adults because we are outraged… If we did who determines whose “outrage” is justified and whose isn’t? That’s why we have courts..

Brian Cuban on September 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Nothing like a good dose of righteous anger to clear the air. But did you catch the kids laughing at him at the end of the video? Those punks need a good spanking.

JakAtak on September 23, 2010 at 11:37 pm

This father did the right thing, and best he is a hero to his most important person…his daughter. The PC crowd can go straight to their deserved destination.

Mark on September 24, 2010 at 12:16 am

Alleluia! Thanks for telling it like it is, Debbie! This is what fathers are for: to protect home and hearth. Of course, with the ascendancy of lesbo-feminists who think boys should all be emasculated and forced to play with Barbie dolls while being brainwashed in women’s studies approved kindergarten lessons, this man’s normal response to a threat to one of his offspring (a disabled child at that) is portrayed by the media as a example of over-reaction and violence oh-so-typical of men. Total BS! Let’s give him a medal for acting like a man.

Keninflorida on September 24, 2010 at 7:00 am

I agree.

FeFe on September 24, 2010 at 8:29 am

I’d like to shake his hand. I have 2 daughters and I’d do the same as this guy. One of the most important jobs as a man and a father is to protect your family.

jinusny on September 24, 2010 at 9:33 am

James Willie Jones ought to be rewarded not castigated for all the good reasons you state, Debbie.

When I was a kid of his daughter’s age(53 years ago), all parents looked out for not only their own kids but other kids as well. If you did something wrong and there was an adult around, that adult would scold you and force you to stop. Then when you got home, your mom or dad would scold and punish you again because you had to tell them what you did. If you didn’t tell them and they found out, you would be chastised even more. If it involved hurting someone else verbaly or physically, you had to apologize and make restitution.

I realize those days are gone based on lawsuits, moral equivalence, and no accountability, but Mr. Jones brought me back to that time. Good for him and his family. He should never have apologized. He did the right thing.

Rob in Annapolis on September 24, 2010 at 10:04 am

I applaud the dad, but I assume that he broke the law barging onto the bus like that (or staying on the bus after the driver asked him to leave). Maybe he didn’t because “disorderly conduct” sounds like a bs charge to me. However, for safety’s sake, I hope that there is some law that says you must follow the directions of the driver of a school bus (particularly when there are children on the bus).

Also, I will assume that he had previously reported the abuse and no one did anything about it. Dad did the right thing, but he should also face punishment for violating the law (assuming his actions did violate the law). It sucks, but the message shouldn’t be that it is okay for the dad to break the law.

Sometimes life presents us with hard choices. Would I go to jail to protect my kids? Absolutely without hesitation.

If I were in dad’s shoes, I would do the same thing. I would also hope that I would have the courage to also say I did it, I would do it again, but I broke the law and should be punished.

Dad of 4 on September 24, 2010 at 10:53 am

That man is great. Liberals allow this to happen and the kids know they can get away with this. The media just loves to see any form of manhood brought its knees.

CaliforniaScreaming on September 24, 2010 at 11:22 am

You are right Debbie and I would have done the same thing as this brave father did. Today if I found out my grandkids were going through this I would first tongue lash my child and then take care of business for my grandkids.

To bad what you wrote from the heart here Debbie in defense of the outrage will never be picked up by the lame stream media.

YeahRight on September 24, 2010 at 12:08 pm

The people critical of this father are not being honest with themselves about how they would feel and react if they had a special needs child who was being terrorized.

MOMinMINNESOTA on September 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Kudos to this father. What kind of lame bus driver watches people pick on a disabled child. Somebody needs to whip his ass! I wholeheartedly agree with is reaction and he was right.

CJ on September 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm

A well deserved Father of the Year recipient if there ever was one.

Bullet on September 24, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Good on this guy! I wish he wouldn’t have cussed (it would be very hard for me as well), I think he would have much better ground to stand on. If these kids parents were offended, I think they need to reevaluate the way they raise their kids.

I knew if I acted up on the bus, my bus driver (who lived three houses down) would let my parents know….and there would be hell to pay! I grew up in a very small town in the midwest…the town took it as their job to raise all us kids right. I knew that if I was across town and acted up, I may get spanked. Then that person would tell my parents and I would probably get it again. In todays pacified PC environment, this would never happen…you’d probably be thrown in jail!

RVwannaB on September 24, 2010 at 2:57 pm

FIRE THE BUS DRIVER!! Bus driver needs his a$$ kicked. Family needs to sue EVERYBODY who was supposed to take care of his child. Damn feministas.

Sanchez on September 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm

He didn’t call the police did he? Are the police worthless? Too busy to handle a problem with some kids? Too many cut-backs in the police force? Too many corrupt police? When the school didn’t do its job and the bus driver didn’t do his/her job, the police have to be called in all cases of bullying. If the police don’t want to be bothered, then sue the other parents, but don’t risk your own freedom to have a job and provide for your family just to tell off a bunch of spoiled rotten kids.

D. Show on September 24, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I haven’t heard of anyone, except the idiot parents of the offenders, and the local town officials, criticizing this guy. If Mr. Jones was ever to be sentenced to jail for this act (which he won’t), the other prisoners would treat him with respect as being someone who stood up for his family and did what he had to do to protect his daughter. When imprisioned criminals have more common sense than the District Attorney’s office, we are in a sad way.

gmartinz on September 25, 2010 at 11:32 am

I applaud this man as well.

Now if he had gone on the bus because his daughter was being picked on by white kids, or to protect a gay child being picked on by straight kids, he would be the hero of the year in the mainstream media and among the leftist politicians, while we would hear no end to talk about the inhumanity of the kids and the “racist” and “homophobic” values they must have learned at home.

Unfortunately the anti-bullying movement doesn’t treat all victims equally; the level of outrage at the act, and protection given to the victim, depends on the racial and sexual identities of the perpetrators. Sad, but liberals don’t view blacks as fully human, or they would be just as outraged about the behavior of those kids on the bus as they would if the kids were white. I mean, stopping blacks from picking on a disabled black child doesn’t quite fit the “mission” of promoting “diversity” or “tolerance” in the same way as castigating conservative kids for praising the United States, which could offend the tender sensitivities of Muslims.

4infidels on September 25, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Dude…this comment is dead-on. Was just reading about the Rutgers kid and how there are all these protests, etc. When I first heard the story I assumed it was a straight encounter being live-streamed and I was like “That sucks. What jerks.” Then I heard the follow ups that it was a gay kid that this happened to and I was still like “That sucks. What jerks.”.

    My ill-written point is that it DOESN’T MATTER who is being bullied or abused…there should be equal outrage about all these incidents. Your point is excellent…if the kids bullying this girl were white Mr. Jones would be a MSM hero. Which he is in my eyes either way.

    Amy on October 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm

This guy is a hero. We live in an age where we are quick to apologize to islamofacists who get a bloody lip or abuse in abu ghrab. Yet still teachers, school administrators, police and district attorney offices do nothing when students are abused and bullied.

Too many kids are so stressed they kill themselves form the abuse and receive no help. I am waiting for the day when kids who are abused go after the bullies with guns and maybe take out some teachers or administrators who sit by and do nothing. You hear about these stories all the time. Nothing ever changes and yet the abuse continues.

I always put my parents in this situation and they would have let the school do its job. However, if they did nothing than the school would be warned my parents would take care of it and the results would not be pretty. Another words messing with my family would be hazardous to your health.

spaceship22 on September 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Misdirected anger. The kids on that bus don’t care what he said and it produced negative results. If you are going to be arrested, why not be arrested for something worthwhile? School officials are to blame and should receive a real ass whupping, not an impotent tirade.

Farmerjohn on September 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Where was this guy when I needed him?
As the son of a father who was quite the opposite of this guy, I can tell you from first hand “non”-experience that this guy is quite the man. Screw Steven whateverhisnamewas , the Jet Blue flight attendant who stormed off the plans; THIS guy is a hero. I nominate him for man of the year.

Charles telerant on September 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I’ve been is a similiar situation. So has my son. When he transferred to a new school he was picked on because he was new, the kids were smart though, nothing pysical, just verbal abuse, my son didn’t know what to do, he felt helpless, the school was impotent, it could not do anything w/o proof. Everything changed when we gave our son permission to punch anyone in the nose if they bothered him again, his whole attitude changed. He never had to hit anyone, but having the OK of his parents to back him up, he became more productive and confident.

The punks are not afraid of good decent people, they know that we will not strike or hurt them, the fathers tirade, although producing laughter (a kind of nervous laughter) embarrassed the bullies, which is sometimes enough to change their behavior. I have lost control of my temper, caused by teenagers acting up, doing things they are not supposed to be doing, someitmes things that en-danger themselves and other smaller kids around them. I was so mad I couldn’t think straight, I felt like taking the kids by the scruff of the neck and tossing them. Of course reason prevailed and I didn’t, but the lack of respect by the kids, that touches a nerve. Of yeah, I got a call from one of the parents about why I was yelling at her son, who played the victim card, but at least I was calm by then.

Dave on September 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Debbie,

I’m 1000% woth you on this one. Those punks should be damn grateful that father didn’t open a KING-sized can of whoopass on them. What really disgusts me if the conduct of the bus driver – maybe the rules don’t permit the driver to directly intervene but at a minimum he should have reported these incidents to his supervisor.

I would have done the same thing he did if my daughter had been harassed in school – thankfully she wasn’t.

The father should demand a jury trail – I cannot believe that any jury of sane people would convict him for defending his daughter, especially given her limitations in her ability to defend herself.

Bill Bowen on September 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm

“the other prisoners would treat him with respect as being someone who stood up for his family and did what he had to do to protect his daughter.”

Wrong. Typical prisoners used to BE the punks on the bus. They would bend him over a trash can. There is no code of honor behind bars and zero protection from those who wish to harm or kill you. All he did was risk being taken from his family by an out of control and Orwellian government.

Farmerjohn on September 27, 2010 at 4:45 pm

It used to be that parents supported each other when kids deserved & recieved a public scolding. This may have been a “street scolding” but it wasn’t really more than that. Adults need to unite behind expectations of good and decent behavior from children – duh.

Mz Brown on September 27, 2010 at 6:40 pm

This needed to be taken to the authorities, whether at the school or at the police department. I can’t condone the idea of a scary, six-foot-tall man leaping on a bus and unleashing a string of profanities and threatening indiscriminate violence at a bunch of small children as a way of dealing with problems. Some of the kids who never bothered the girl or maybe stuck up for her will probably have nightmares after this.

Scott Spiegel on September 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Man = AZ
Daughter = Legal citizens
Bullies = Illegal aliens
Bus Driver = Liberals
Police Dept = Fed Govt

James on October 2, 2010 at 7:20 pm

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