For five years, I have caught the train to school and home again. And I have lost count of how many times on those journeys I or a fellow student has been treated unfairly.
One of the biggest problems with our transport system is the fact that some people who ride on it have no respect or consideration for others, including for school students. We see much written about how disrespectful students are on board, when in fact the “mature” adults, whom we are meant to be looking up to, are just as bad.
One of my classmates has to carry a trombone on public transport twice a week, leaving home at 6.30am to get to school for band practice. Other passengers have told him more than once to get off the bus or train, because his trombone is taking up too much room.
Adults heading home in the evening get angry about not getting a seat, even though they have just been sitting in their serene office chairs in an air-conditioned room adjusted to their liking at 24.5 degrees for seven hours.
It almost feels like a ritual for them to throw a fit at a student, rudely telling him or her to stand up. I understand students have free travel and are meant to give up their seats to paying passengers, but this is a girl or boy who probably woke up at 5.30am to get to sports training, before spending hours sitting exams that count towards their future and then going to band practice until 5pm. When they get home, they’ll be doing their homework until 9pm.
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