Recently a video was posted on Youtube by a 13 year old middle school-er who filmed their bus's bus monitor, 69 year old Karen Klein being verbally abused by a group of boys, all around the age of 12-13 year olds on their way home from Athena Middle School in Greece, New York one afternoon. The original title of the cruel video was titled "Making The Bus Monitor Cry", which is exactly what happened.
Basically if you don't feel like watching a 10 minute long video, basically they just make rude comments towards her, such as being fat, a troll, talking about her family and other comments related to her apparently being fat, and randomly being poked by the same boy. They kept saying how she was sweating a lot from being fat while we find out it wasn't sweat on her face but tears, and though she does talk to them to answer things they asked, she never once told them to leave her alone.
If you think this is a laughing matter, or didn't want to watch it for yourself, here are some of my choices of comments that you would have to be disgusted by hearing from this said video:
- - "Where's your address.. so I can piss all over your door."
- - "I wanna break into your house and steal everything."
- - "She probably eats deodorant because she can't afford real food."
- - "Shes gonna die from f*ckin' diabetes because she is so f*ckin' fat."
- - "You don't have a family because they all killed themselves because they don't want to be near you."
- - One boy reading her bag, " 'Be remarkable..', you're already being remarkable, for taking up the entire seat you fat ass."
- - Karen says, "I'll send you a thank you card.." "For what?" "..for being so nice!" The kid then says, "I'll send you a doughnut fat ass."
All this being said while she constantly was being called fat, sweaty, and a flabby poor troll. In one interview she said,"they just started in with this garbage… And I sit there and I took it ’til they got off the bus. And I thought, it’s done! It’s over,” and in another she states,“I want the boys punished, but I don’t know how. It made me feel really terrible, but I will get over it. I’ve gotten over everything else.”
I feel horrible that such a sweet elder woman had to of been verbally assaulted like that from doing her job. But you know what, its not anything new to happen on a bus, the kids like to be mean and pick on each other for shits and giggles, the same with being at school. And though their parents were all shocked to hear their kids saying these things, I think its not anyone's fault but the students. A parent can only teach a child so much, but when they go to school, they do whatever they can sneak past their folks since they are not around their parents for 8 hours a day. So to me, the amount of swearing, insults, and anything else horrible done by these kids probably were done before and numerous times to either her or other children as well.
At the end of the day, all the boys apologized, though I doubt they would of if anyone didn't find out, and I am 100% sure they are being bullied, hated, and threatened by millions of people for their rude comments. Which is sad! Though they do deserve to be punished, adding hate onto hate NEVER works out. It just hurts everyone in the long run, and I doubt they will be able to live a normal school life again until the media and public calms down about it.
In one interview of the Greece police officer helping the boys, he states -
"They've received death threats," Greece police Capt. Steve Chatterton said Thursday. "Their families have been threatened. We have custody of one of their cellphones, and he had over 1,000 missed calls and 1,000 text messages threatening him. And he's 13 years old. That must stop."
Though I think the gesture is nice and all, I think it is a bad idea for the guy allowing people to over pay for the situation, though she deserves some pension for her abuse, it was only words, and though I do agree words hurt more in the long run and she was more than just called fat, but, they were ONLY words. What I mean is that I don't see why giving someone who was told they were fat half a million dollars, see what I mean? Honestly, everyone has heard their share of rudeness, but do we get a paycheck for it? NO! We have to move on with our lives!
I just don't like the fact that there are people out in the streets starving, babies being abandoned from poor mothers, and other horrible yet daily issues, but instead if you had a video of you being insulted on Youtube, then you can become instantly rich, but anyway I am happy for her and glad so many people are ready to help and support her, just not happy at how people put their money to.
So now I ask you, how do you feel about all of this? What do you think should of been done about this situation?
Sorry about the gap, but the post got messed up some how and before the gap was way worst, so this is how I will leave it since I don't know else to fix it.