Friday, November 28, 2008

Dad tells 5-year-old, 'You did the crime, you walk the line'

5-year-old boy was made to walk two-and-a-half hours to school.
A Northern Territory man has been making his five-year-old son walk two-and-a-half hours to school every day, after he was kicked off the school bus. When Jack Burt confessed that he'd been banned for five days for hitting the bus driver in the head with an apple core, dad Sam thought he should learn the hard way. He and Jack last week were getting up at 5.10am for the 13km-hike from the Darwin rural area of Herbert, all the way to Humpty Doo.
At the end of the old-fashioned punishment, Mr Burt, 38, took out a public notice in the Northern Territory News. "Jack Burt and his dad wish to thank all the kind people who stopped to offer them lifts in the past week," the ad read. "It's good to see a number of good people in the community. Jack hopes to be allowed back on the bus on Monday."
But in the battle of wills between tall and short, the smart money's on Jack. "Shame it didn't work," Mr Burt said. "He got back on the bus Monday, and within three stops he was in trouble again. I couldn't believe it. I don't understand - he's good at school, he gets awards all the time." So it was back on the road again the next day - with seven-year-old sister Caitlyn, who was fighting with Jack on the bus at the time, in tow.
Mr Burt, who owns a crash repair shop in Palmerston, has also been sacrificing his nights, working back late because his morning starts have been delayed. "But I'm doing it for a good cause," he said. However, a breakthrough might be in sight.

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