Can't believe I never shared this story...I took two fucking classes from Bay Ridge to Greenwood Cemetery (80 kids plus 8 chaperons and me)...hate those stupid yellow buses so we took the R train. Get on by our school t the first stop, and I always warn the kids that on the way to the cemetery, people will be getting on the train MISERABLE, because they have to go to jobs they can't stand (a lot like what I hear here...LOL) and they're tired/cranky/hung over/still intoxicated...you know, a regular morning commute.
Anyway, it usually works for one stop, and then, its a shit show the rest of the way.
Anyway, last year, one of the classes had a kid who was bat shit crazy. He was all of 4' tall 65 pounds soaking wet, and wasn't afraid of shit. He walks up to this ghetto looking black guy who got on in Sunset Park and said, "What the fuck are you looking at nigga?". He's a pale skinned Muslim kid btw. So of course, I have to go over and calm this fucker down. But rather than confronting him, I just grabbed my student and put him on the other side of the train. The rest of the way this guy kept muttering to himself and staring at ME. I thought I was gonna be shanked...no shit.
Which leads to the trip this year...
We usually get off at 25th St and walk up, but this trip (the Delta class*aka* smart class) there was afire on the tracks and we were held at 36th Street. So I make the executive decision to walk the 11 blocks rather than wait for the fire to be put out and a new train to arrive. As we are half out of the station, some kid (not one of mine) comes running up screaming, "SOMEBODY GOT STABBED, SOMEBODY GOT STABBED! Police! HELP!" There were about 20 FDNY with axes and picks standing around and then three NYPD guys (who look like the most they've run in their lives was to Dunkin' Donuts to their squad car) come barrelling down the stairs knocking over the kids. I kind of "ole" them at the turnstile and they run down as I get all my kids out. I first thought one of my students mouthed off to someone, but thankfully it wasn't, but when I reported back about my trip my principal made the decision to never allow any of our kids on the subway again...yellow busses or no trip at all...thank you NYC MTA riders!