January 10, 2009

Screw the Disabled, I've Got to Get to Church on Time

A bus driverImage via WikipediaCertain types of stories spread like wildfire throughout the atheist blogosphere, while others get next to no traction. My ability to predict which is which has been unimpressive at best. Still, I can't help thinking that the tale of a New York bus matron who left a disabled patron trapped in his seat overnight on New Year's Eve in 15 degree F (-9 Celsius) weather is going to get some attention. As remarkable as the matron's behavior was, the story she told to police about why she left the disabled passenger behind was even better.

The bus passenger, 22-year-old Ed Rivera, suffers from cerebral palsy and was described as having the mental capacity of a 2-year-old. Linda Hockaday, the bus matron, was tasked with bringing Rivers home from a special school he was attending. She was entrusted with his care.

From The Raw Story:
The bus matron left Rivera sleeping in his seat "because she was late for church," the Daily News quoted sources as saying. "She knew he was there. She was hoping one of the other workers would notice him."
She left this disabled man to fend for himself in freezing temperatures for approximately 17 hours because she was late for church. Hockaday has been fired, and police have charged the bus matron with reckless endangerment.

I find it interesting that some of the "liberal media elite" are reporting that Hockaday told police that she was "late to an appointment" and refusing to specify that it was church to which she was worried about being late.

H/Ts to Deep Thoughts and Unscrewing the Inscrutable

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