Tellwut Online Survey Finds 77% Believe Those with Authority Should Intervene in a Crisis Situation

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A Tellwut online survey found that 77% of almost 3,000 online panel members believed that people in positions of authority should intervene in crisis situations. Given the recent headline news in which a boy was severely beaten on a school bus by three others, 55% of Tellwut’s online panel members felt the bus driver should have stepped in to control the situation versus waiting for the police to arrive.

The online survey results from Tellwut panel members indicated that the overwhelming majority by 77% believe that intervention by authority figures is necessary when a crisis situation arises. This opinion strongly resonates with a recent news story which made headlines around the world after a young boy was severely beaten on a school bus by three boys while the bus driver waited for the police to arrive, choosing not to get involved. Tellwut reached out to its online panel members to get their opinion on this story and the topic of intervention in a crisis situation.

When asked whether panel members felt that the bus driver should have made an attempt to physically stop the boys from attacking the victim, the results revealed that 55% of voters felt the bus driver should have intervened while 25% of voters did not feel that the driver was trained to properly deal with this situation and the remaining 20% of voters were undecided.

Due to the bus driver’s inaction in stopping the fight, possible criminal charges of negligence were almost laid. When asked whether panel members felt that the bus driver should have been charged, survey results indicated that despite the fact that most voters felt the bus driver should have intervened, 45% of voters did not feel that negligence charges were necessary. In contrast, 20% of voters indicated that they felt that the bus driver should have been charged with negligence while 20% of voters remained undecided on this topic.

It is apparent from the survey results that society has bestowed an unspoken power upon authority figures to be responsible over others. However, the question to ask is whether it is fair to expect certain individuals take charge in crisis situations? Should teachers be expected to be security guards due to the fact that their line of work involves being around children? Moreover, what if an individual in charge chooses not to take charge in a crisis situation; should society judge them as they judged the bus driver who remained a bystander when a young boy was attacked? As violence continues to prevail in society, the roles begin to blur, and one is left to question whether it is fair to blame someone for just doing their job when something goes wrong?

About Tellwut® Tellwut is a North American community of individuals dedicated to expressing their opinions through online surveys based upon a wide variety of topics in exchange for rewards and the Tellwut community experience. The Tellwut community and proprietary online survey and reward software application provide a platform for organizations to send surveys to their stakeholders or to crowdsource and conduct online market research through the use of the Tellwut survey platform and the Tellwut Community; thus allowing businesses a clearer understanding and insight into their products or services, customer attitudes and potential business opportunities.

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