Karen Klein, Bus Monitor in Greece, NY, Gets Support After Bullying Video
Karen Klein, a 69-year-old school bus monitor for the Greece School District in Greece, New York is receiving an overwhelming support from various people after a video with students bullying her surfaced.
A widow of 17 years and a grandmother of eight, Karen worked as a bus driver in Greece, New York for 20 years, and has been a bus monitor for the last three years. Her duty is to ride in the bus with students, making sure that they behave themselves on the route to and from school for which she gets paid around $15,000 annually.
On June 19, 2012, a YouTube user named “Capitaltrigga” uploaded three videos of middle school students on Bus 784 on their way home from Athena Middle School in Greece, New York, mercilessly harassing their bus monitor, Karen Klein, mocking her for her weight, her low income, calling her a child rapist, and threatening to hurt her.
Throughout the ten minute video, four kids can be heard verbally berating the woman, calling her a bitch, fatass, poor, ugly, and various other words of the like.
At one point in the video, one of the kids yell, “You’re so fuckin poor you fat ass,” in which Karen responds, “I try to live by some of these words, I try and it’s really hard,” referring to the words on her purse. Now, I don’t know about you, but that broke my fucking heart.”
There’s even a point in the video where one of the kids touches Karen’s arm in an attempt to make fun of her.
In another point, a student says: ‘You’re so ugly, your kids should kill themselves.’ This comment hurt the most as one of her sons had indeed committed suicide 10 years ago, according to MSNBC.
Greece Central School District had contacted authorities Wednesday morning about the disturbing video.
According to WHEC.com, the four students who were involved will be forced to attend a meeting with their parents, lawyers, and the school superintendent. After the board and superintendent hear their cases, they will decide the appropriate disciplinary measures.
“All students found to have a role in this incident will face disciplinary action. Although their behavior was inexcusable, we also have concern for the safety of all involved. We urge patience to allow us to investigate and determine the appropriate discipline,” Assistant Superintendent Deb Hoeft said.
As of Thursday morning, more than 5,600 have donated more than $107,000 to give Karen Klein her dream vacation.
Karen’s daughter was so overwhelmed about the outpouring given to his mother.
“I am not really sure what the times are.. but she is just so overwhelmed by all the love and support she has received from everyone everywhere… She is just soooo amazed that there are so many good people still left in the world… She knows all kids are not bad,” she said.
Below is the bullying video of Karen Klein which already generated more than 300,000 views in Youtube.