June 24, 2012

In The News: 69 Year Old Bus Moniter Bullied By Middle Schoolers

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.

Here is the original length of the video, where you hear the harassment instantly when watching it, this video has almost 5 MILLION views under 4 days of being posted.

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."

But the icing on the cake for me is just the fact that a Toronto man started a fundraiser for her called “Lets Give Karen – The bus monitor – H Klein A Vacation!” where basically he was just trying to earn her $5,000 dollars, but guess what? The situation caused such an uproar that, get this, he now has raised almost $500,000 for Karen's vacay, meaning she is probably set for the rest of her life off of this. In her interviews, she expresses how shocked and thankful she is of how much support she got.

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.


  1. I think she deserves all of that money. Verbal abuse can hurt you more than anything physical. It stays with you forever.

  2. This world is going from bad to worse.

  3. 69 loooooooooool.
    Sorry immature, i know.

  4. Middle schoolers are really the worst. I know people say Highschoolers are awful but really middle schoolers are way worse. Middle schoolers are so rude, especially boys. They think they are all that, when actually they are immature and rude. Well, most of them.

    But seriously, how dare they?
    Their parents' should be ASHAMED of themselves for not knowing how to raise thir children. But then again, it might now be the parents' fault. I mean, can you actually count how many times you disobeyed your parents? Probably not.
    It is so sad.

  5. I agree, Middle school is just this huge mushpot of hormones flying everywhere, you can't really paste a stereotype on the students themselves.
    There are great middle schoolers, and just downright stupid ones as well.

    But so many people are verbally abused, called even worse things, I'm happy Karen K. got what she needed to recover from her share of bullying, but how about all the other people in the world?

    Yeah, I know we can't give people 5k+ to get themselves a break and whatnot, but I just feel this is one story in many.

  6. I hate what those kids done to her. I mean 69 years old and having to have that abuse come to her when she is only doing her job is a downright disgrace. I agree, She deserves all of that money because of these immature boys at least now they will have learnt a very important lesson in life. Do to others as your would like to be treated.

  7. I simply don't understand why some people think that money can fix everything. You get bullied and abused, you get money. You get into a car accident, if you were secured in an insurance company, you get money.
    There are more important things in this world, and I'm sure the woman felt much better because of the boys' apology and all those comments of people saying they are sorry for her, but what can she do with $500,000? If before she was respected by her friends and neighbors, now you get the impression that she's an annoying attention *****.

  8. I hate kids. That is all I have to say, I really hate kids, always have, always will.

    OH, and please, respect your elders. Bye

  9. It's such a pity that human race has ended up being cruel and showing nomercy for the ones that would probably be the greatest company if only they had respected them. If this ever happend to my grandma I would seriously beat the crap out of these kids!

    How can someone act like that? How can they believe that they will earn something from this? There'll come a time in their lives where they'll sit on their favorite armchair, old and tired, recalling memories and will feel guilty. They will probably understand as by that time they'll have at least once been bullied and will want to trun back time. They will hate themselves.

    I seriously don't wanna live on this planet anymore! And it's a pity for them to believe that bulling will make them feel better or make them somebody. After school they will end up locked behind bars or drug addicted.

  10. She looks so innocent, bless her.

    Money won't fix this however.

  11. Thats horrible! I also can't believe that no other children on the bus said anything. This actually made me sick to my stomach, and I didn't even see the video. If I was on that bus I'd be like, "Shut up you damn basterds! Give the poor lady a break!" And then I would've punched somebody in the nose, and sat by that poor woman. OMG. This is a horrible story. :'[

  12. The lady is worth every single cent she can get out of this - shows her ppl feels for her (she wasn´t asking for money, only doing her job) and that those boys are shit worth!

  13. She should have stood up to herself and not let children, much less middle school children, abuse her. It's called being a fucking adult. SAY SOMETHING.

  14. Not everyone stands up for themselves. Get over it.

  15. the poor lady deserved that money why not? she is an old lady do you guys seriously think she is goin to start a fight with those bratz they make her cry and they keep goin on, kuddos for her and she have to spend all that money and be happy for it beacuse she was working at that age is beacuse she need the money i don't think she like to work at almost 70 right?


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