People on bikeforums who will ride on 60 MPH roads with no shoulder won't come near school drop-off areas when school is coming in/out of session - they claim they're probably about the most dangerous place you can be on the road.
Ironically, many of these people are dropping off their kids because they believe that it's "safer" than riding the bus - but in fact not only is the bus a safer mode of transport than a personal automobile, but getting on/off the bus is also far safer than getting in/out of a personal car.
While the driver was doing something stupid and dangerous, please be sure to let the kid know that it's legally and sensibly required for passengers to check for oncoming traffic before opening the door. Even in a parking lot, people can get seriously injured by doors.
FWIW, for safety, when I'm dropping my kid off and there's any amount of traffic, I actually stop far away and MAKE him walk; either on the curb way out at the street, or I actually pull into a parking spot at the far end of the lot. He'll be able to see and respond to stuff when he's away from the car that he wouldn't when cutting around between cars and such.
One point to note is that genetic drift has caused recent generations of children to becoem water-soluble, so they *must* be driven as close to school as possible.
John - I take your point - with my GoPro Hero HD bike cam, I've got a couple of bits of choice video of idiotic parental behaviour outside the various schools near here.
Edited at 2010-05-15 04:30 pm (UTC)