Bullied Bus Monitor Deserves Every Single Penny Donated to Her

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Karen Klein (Credit: People Magazine)

After 20 years of teaching and an equal number covering stories as a talk radio host, I often think nothing could really surprise me. I have seen a lot of low moments in the classroom and have covered a great deal of school-related stories on talk radio, but I can’t remember a story that has disturbed me more in recent memory than what happened to school bus monitor Karen Klein.

As you have probably heard, four seventh-grade students from the Athena Middle School in Greece, New York unleashed a verbal assault on the 68-year old bus monitor that was recorded on a cell phone. The video made its way to YouTube and went viral, outraging millions of viewers around the world.

I watched the video and I was sickened by the cruelty of those depraved kids who tormented her for over ten minutes. They brought the widow to tears with their cruel taunts.

One student said, “If I stabbed you in the stomach, my knife would f****** go through like butter because it it’s all f****** lard.”

Another of the seventh-grade sociopaths said to her, “You’re so ugly, your kids should kill themselves,” a deliberate and cruel reference to the fact that one of Klein’s sons committed suicide 10 years ago.

A few days ago, the school district suspended the four punks for a full year. They got off easy. They will be transferred to the district’s “Reengagement Center,” which is the education equivalent of a white-collar, minimum security prison facility. They should have been expelled and send their parents a message: they are your problems, not ours.

Some of the parents of these sociopaths expressed shock and horror when confronted with the disturbing behavior of their kids. I’m sorry folks, but I can tell you from first-hand classroom experience that kids cannot turn off that type of behavior like a spigot. Parents either don’t care to fulfill their responsibilities to properly raise their kids…or they just don’t care.

After the horrific video went viral and Klein’s story became international news, a person went on www.indiegogo.com, a website dedicated to raising money for various causes, and started a drive to raise money to send Klein on a vacation. In just a couple of weeks, contributors exceeded the goal of $5,000 by just a little bit.

As of the time I am writing this, $676,274 has been raised. She will be able to take a vacation and retire comfortably, never having to ever worry again about enduring more bullying and abuse.

Unfortunately, the cynics and the snarks have come out to criticize the effort, questioning why this woman deserves such a large amount of money?

To which I ask them: why did she deserve to be verbally abused by those seventh-grade sociopaths to the point of tears? I saw a number of the TV and media pundits call on Ms. Klein to not accept the $676,000+ gift, yet it’s okay when the government gives money away in the form of entitlement programs?

My take on this? Americans are a generous people by nature. When there is an outrageous injustice, they want to help. Since they could not influence the outcome of the punishment given out to those four punks, they decided they could still send a message…with their generosity.

Do you think she deserves the gift, or should she decline to accept it?

9 Responses to Bullied Bus Monitor Deserves Every Single Penny Donated to Her

  1. John Gallagher July 2, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    She deserves it – it is a bit weird – but she deserves it – and we deserve to see a video of all of those “little angels” getting their asses tanned.

  2. Dom July 2, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    Great point, John. How many times do parents ignore reality and claim their kids are “little angels?”

  3. Bill July 2, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    Imagine having these kids in a classroom. Kids get that way because they are allowed. Didcipline. Talk to some parents and discipline is for the other kid. Of course if she would have grabbed the kid or said something nasty to the kid she would be in trouble. Progressive education. working well.

  4. CHARLIE CONWAY July 2, 2012 at 2:58 am #

    I am glad she has gotten so much money. But the best way to make sure these parents begin
    to learn how to parent, is to charge each $5,000, then maybe they will make sure their kids
    act right.

    • Bill July 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

      what the heck if you can be taxed(fined) for not buying health insurance then why not do the same for bad parenting or in many cases no parenting.

  5. valentina dolpies July 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    if the people donated it to her and then by all means it is hers, who is anyone to tell her not to keep it. she can do with it as she pleases…look at our government for example they take our money and spend it like drunken sailors, and when we complain they still keep spending…so they do with our money what they want to so let ms. Klien do what she wants with her money, and by the way the money she got was given with full consent by the people who gave…more than I can say for the way the government gets their money..

  6. Bill July 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    “Reengagement Center,” ??????

    Political correct term for discipline school? Just a wild guess

  7. Pat in Dtown July 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    This is the way that ‘social justice’ SHOULD work – by people giving charitably of their own free will, motivated by compassion. Not because they are taxed or mandated by a government entity.

    I hope the Reengagement Center has some sort of tuition bill for the parents.

  8. Bill July 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    This is the way that ‘social justice’ SHOULD work

    If there was any type of “social justice” these kids should have received a slap to the back of the head by that woman and then several more from their parents. todays social justice? a trip to th reengagement center where they will emerge as pilars of society. dont hold your breath

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