Karen Klein, Bullied Bus Monitor, Gets Apologies from Bully Students
Karen Klein, a 68-year-old grandma bus monitor for the Greece School District in Greece, New York, started receiving apologies from the students who bullied her on Bus 784 on their way home from Athena Middle School.
The bullying video entitled “Making The Bus Monitor Cry” uploaded on Youtube by CapitalTrigga, has generated more than 4.7 million views. In the video, the names of the four bully kids from Athena Middle School were identified as Luis Recio, Wesley Helm, Brandon Teng, and Joshua Slesak.
People reports that at least three of the students who were seen bullying school bus monitor Karen Klein on a viral video have issued statements of apology to the 68-year-old grandmother.
“I am so sorry for the way I treated you. When I saw the video I was disgusted and could not believe I did that. I am sorry for being so mean and I will never treat anyone this way again,” one of the students, identified as Joshua Slesak, said in a statement issued by police Thursday to Anderson Cooper 360.
Another student, identified as Wesley Helm also issued an apology, writing: “I feel really bad about what I did. I wish I had never done those things. If that had happened to someone in my family, like my mother or grandmother, I would be really mad at the people who did that to them.”
Early Thursday evening, one of the kids’ parents came to apologize and assure Karen Klein his son would be punished. The father of Wesley, Robert Helm, said, “There’s not excuse. And we’re going to get to the bottom of that, but it really broke my heart and I shed a lot of tears thinking about that whole thing and I just want you to know that my family, all of us, are deeply saddened by this whole thing and we’re going to get it right. A lot of emotions were going on in my mind. Mostly sadness. I just felt terrible,” Robert Helm said.
The mother of Wesley also issued a statement to Anderson Cooper 360, which reads in part: “I cannot even tell you how badly I feel. I am deeply sorry for what my son did. … I am embarrassed, angry and sad about the awful way he treated you.”
Meanwhile, the fund raising effort started by Max Sidorov of Toronto, Canada, through Indiegogo, has generated almost $600,000 from more than 27,000 people to give Karen Klein her dream vacation.
Romig, Karen Klein’s daughter, says all the raised funds will go to her mother. And Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin tells the Style Blog in a statement: “We hope that this Indiegogo campaign contributes positively to the important national discussion about bullying.”
In an interview with FOX and Friends, Karen Klein was overwhelmed on the outpouring support she currently gets from 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 said.
Despite the cruel actions of the children, Klein does not want to press criminal charges. Instead she would like to see the four bully kids perform community service or lose the privilege to use the school’s bus system.