Status: 22/09/2023, 06:07 a.m.
By: Stephanie Uehlein
The bus stop in Oderding, where little Amy Schnitzler was forced to get off the bus that was supposed to take her to school. Since she went to high school alone for the first time, she didn't know exactly where she was, according to her mother. © Oar
Amy (10) will probably always have bad memories of her first bus ride alone from Peißenberg to her new school. According to her mother, she had to leave the full bus at a bus stop on the way so that someone else could ride instead of her. The RVO disagrees.
Peißenberg – It was the second day of the new school year and Amy Schnitzler drove for the first time in the morning alone with the bus of the Regionalverkehr Oberbayern (RVO) to her new school, the Gymnasium in Weilheim. "That's why, of course, she was so excited," says her mother Ariane. Even at the bus stop, at the former hospital in Peißenberg, things didn't go smoothly for her: According to her mother, the fifth-grader didn't even get on the first bus she wanted to get on. It was overcrowded. The second bus was also quite full. But Amy was able to go along. "My daughter was probably the last one to join," says Schnitzler.
At one of the following stops, presumably in Oderding, the girl was then asked by the bus driver in a broken German to leave the bus. The reason, according to Ariane Schnitzler, was that a man wanted to get on board, who stated that he urgently needed to go to Weilheim as soon as possible.
"Completely unsettled" Amy got off the bus
Amy had complied with the bus driver's request "completely unsettled", according to the mother, who refers to her daughter's descriptions. Even the protest of a father who had waited with his children at the bus stop did not cause the driver to rethink. The bus driver, according to Ariane Schnitzler, was "probably unimpressed" and continued without her child.
The father who had approached him then took care of Amy, who, according to her mother, even came to class on time for class at the Gymnasium Weilheim on another bus. But that's not why the bad experience for her daughter, who came home from school "quite distraught" on that day, has not yet been ticked off, says Ariane Schnitzer. The ten-year-old was "very insecure". In order to avoid another unpleasant incident, she and her classmates are now boarding a bus in the direction of the school one stop earlier – at Peißenberg Town Hall.
Mother not satisfied with the reaction of the RVO
Ariane Schnitzler complained to the RVO by e-mail (this is available to the editors) about the behavior of the bus driver, which was incomprehensible from her point of view. "The answer wasn't quite as satisfactory," she laments. Although the letter from RVO branch manager Ralf Kreutzer states that the accused bus driver should be questioned, she has not yet been informed of the result.
RVO branch manager speaks of a "stupid misunderstanding"
At the request of the local newspaper, Kreutzer now explained that the incident, which he felt sorry for Amy, was probably due to a "stupid misunderstanding". The "really nice" and "very friendly" driver had stated to him that he had not complimented anyone from the bus in Oderding, where the new passenger had boarded. In addition, the RVO set about improving the situation with the buses immediately after the start of school, assures Kreutzer.
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