OMG: Making the Bus Monitor Cry
Posted by Katie Ostoich on June 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM
This is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen and it’s causing outrage all over the internet. Karen Huff Klein, a bus monitor for the Greece School District in Greece, N.Y., is receiving an outpouring of support after a ten-minute video of her enduring vicious bullying while watching over students on a bus ride home was uploaded to YouTube.
In the disturbing video, the children can be heard yelling at Klein, calling her an "ugly fat ass" and telling the widow, "you don't have a family because they all killed themselves because they don't want to be near you." Karen Klein said that that one comment hurt the most -- kids said "you're so ugly your kid should kill themselves" -- Her son took his life 10 years ago.
Oh. My. God.
I can’t believe that this is happening. What is wrong with these kids? Is it the parents? I can’t even imagine that my elementary-school-age self would have been able to say that to an adult!
After the footage surfaced, Reddit user razorsheldon posted a call to arms in support of the school official who was brought to tears by the group of children. From Reddit:
“Now, as awful as this was, there was a silver lining in not only the universal condemnation of the actions of these kids, but also in a call for support for this poor woman. Her name is Karen Klein, and if you are so compelled, please feel free to reach out to offer support. She has been a widow for 17 years, has lived in the same town she grew up in and is about to have her 50th high school reunion in the same school district, and deserves so much better than the actions shown by those in this video. Let's show her that there are still good people out there...”
Our verdict: OMG! Let’s stop the madness. The faces and names of the kids haven’t been released to the media, and probably for safety reasons, but I hope they are strongly disciplined. How embarrassing for the parents! Like I said, I can’t believe this is happening.
Are you as shocked by this as I am? How would you discipline these children?