What the hell started THIS???
You didn't notice the video in the original post?
Kick them off the bus for a year.
Why, so they can cause havoc off the bus?
The school and current regulations don't allow you to do anything to the kids, you can't say anything and if it becomes violent you don't have the right to protect yourself. The driver could have called this in, stopped the bus and waited for the school to send security. The problem is respect, and the rules as they are at this time.
Is it just a coincidence that this sort of behavior on the part of kids roughly coincides with a theory of discipline that forbids corporal punishment? My generation turned out a lot better than this one seems to be turning out and we had to face being paddled in school and being spanked or manhandled at home.
I don't think so.
You are addicted to anecdotal evidence aren't you? You wouldn't believe the evidence of aggregate society as long as you know this person or that who seems to provide a counter case reinforcing your beliefs.
How did you come to be an atheist anyway? Apparently, through some anecdotes a neighbor told you over the fence.
If by the violence in society you are referring to gang violence, for example, that is due more to the absence of authority figures and absentee parents (fathers who abandon their families, parents involved in drugs, etc.), not due to spanking. To think that spanking causes that is, well, hilariously ridiculous.
As for book reading, people tend to read books that will affirm their own beliefs. Just as airhead conservatives will gravitate toward FOX News rather than the Public Television news.
If someone recites things they supposedly learned from books, my first reaction is to try to find out if any of those books actually challenged their core beliefs to any degree.