In the world today, with all of our up-to-the minute news coverage & communications options, we share a collective spirit of outrage when stories break about children being molested, assaulted, and harmed. We are quick to “share” these stories on our social media outlets. Oftentimes, we find ourselves asking “Why? Why would someone do _____ to a child?” And there are even some of us that break down in tears reading these horrendous stories. We have nightmares about them. We warn our own children a little more than usual to be alert and “on the lookout”.
All of this is the way we function as a society. But what about when someone saves a child? What about when a Black Woman saves a child? How do we respond in those instances? Sure, we “share” the news stories across social media and the likes. However, as a parent & as a community member, I believe we should take another step and do something a little more when someone saves a child.
Yvette “Ms. Bunny” Wilson has done just this. You may have seen the story already. Yvette drives a school bus for Jefferson County Public Schools (and is also a member of IBT Local 783). On June 1, 2015, a child on her bus was choking on a piece of candy, while at Hawthorne Elementary School. Ms. Bunny, after being alerted by other children on the bus, carried this child off of the bus, performed a one-handed Heimlich Maneuver, and saved this child. You can read the news story here.
This is where I think that as community members, as parents, and as people, we can do more than “share” this story across social media platforms. I’m challenging you to join me, to join us, in sending Ms. Bunny a Thank You Letter via email. It’s simple to do –> click here, fill in your contact info, add to the pre-written email if you’d like, and click “send”. It’s that easy to do. I’ve already sent Ms. Bunny a Thank You email. As a society, as a community, we can take two minutes each to do this.
Thank you, and Thank Ms. Bunny!
Bonifacio Aleman, BSSW