Bullied Bus Monitor Grandma, Karen Klein, Reacts to Bullying Video (Interviews)
Karen Klein, a 69-year-old bus monitor for the Greece School District in Greece, New York became an internet sensation when her bullying video went viral.
Klein was a bus driver for 20 years and has worked as a bus monitor in the district for the last three years. The students called her “an elephant,’’ and said they would egg her house, among other unprintable slurs and comments.
She first saw the video Wednesday morning. Klein is hearing-impaired and did not hear all of the taunts on Monday before watching the video.
On Wednesday, Greece Central (N.Y.) School District officials contacted police after seeing the video, and students believed to have been involved have been questioned by school and police officials.
Karen Klein first appeared in an interview with Jamie Germano of Rochester Democrat and Chronicle regarding the bullying and harassing incident which happened on Bus 784 on their way home from Athena Middle School in Greece, New York.
“I was in the back of the bus like I usually I’m. Just sitting there minding my own business. And trying to keep my eye on… making sure no one is jumping around and you know yelling. But for some reason, 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,” Karen Klein narrated her experience.
In one instance, Karen was asked if she would like to have an apology from the students and how would she like that to happen.
“Yes! They could even write me letters. That would be ok. I don’t know if I want to see them face to face… again,” she replied.
Below is Karen Klein’s interview with Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
On Thursday, Karen Klein appeared on news TV and was interviewed in MSNBC’s Today.
“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,” Karen Klein told Matt Lauer on TODAY.
“There were more times than I thought when they were picking on me…because I wore hearing aids. They just could be really nasty,’’ she added.
During the interview, Klein spoke directly to the parents of the children.
“I’m sorry that your sons acted the way they did. I’m sure they don’t act that way at home, but you never know what they’re going to do when they’re out of the house. They should’ve been taught to respect their elders no matter who it is,” Karen Klein said.
Below is Karen Klein’s interview with MSNBC’s Today:
In another interview with Fox and Friends on Thursday, Karen Klein was asked why did she just sit and remained calm despite the words thrown to her by the kids.
“I don’t like confrontations like that. I don’t want to do anything to hurt anybody. That wouldn’t have looked good either. You know, I probably would have been fired eventually if I have done anything violent. So I just restrained myself and pretend that they weren’t doing this,” Karen replied.
At one point, Karen was asked about her reaction on the overwhelming support that various people all over the world gave her, particularly the donations pledged for her vacation which currently amounts to $215,000 from more than 10,000 people worldwide.
“Oh my God! It’s unbelievable! I just don’t.. It’s wonderful. I would like to thank all these people… I just want to make a general statement. Thank you everybody so much for your support. I really appreciate it. And it’s not just money. It’s the people themselves that I appreciate,” she replied.
Below is a part of Karen Klein’s interview with Fox and Friends: