Karen Klein the Bus Monitor Bullied by Middle Schoolers

A few days ago my sister asked me if I had seen the video of Karen Klein a bus monitor who was bullied to tears by a group of 7th graders on the bus. At this point I hadn’t heard about it so my curiosity got the best of me and I looked it up on Youtube. What I saw was beyond disturbing, watching this 68 year old woman who reminded me of my grandma be berated, cussed at and physically touched by these young punks for over 10 minutes was a little more than I could take. If you haven’t seen the video, I posted it below. I will warn you that this is not for the lighthearted! These kids say some of the worst things that you could say to this poor woman and I commend her for not getting up and beating the living crap out of them. Obviously, I know that this is not an acceptable way to deal with this kind of situation but she doesn’t even raise her voice to these boys, she keeps her cool which in my opinion would have been very difficult to do.

 When I first saw this I got teary eyed because I could just imagine the pain of how this poor woman felt. She reminds me of my grandma who passed away 11 years ago. Karen Klein has been in the school system for 15+ years and only a few years ago became a bus monitor to help protect the very kids that were taunting her. The sad thing is that she only makes about $15,000 a year. Of course you can imagine that this story has blew up in the media and people everywhere are wondering how they can help her and so someone started a fund to help raise enough money to help send Karen on a vacation of a lifetime, the goal was to raise $5,000. As of today there has been almost $635,000 raised to go directly to Karen Klein and you can bet no more payday loans for her in the near future. Not only that but Southwest Airlines has donated a trip for Karen and 9 other family members to go on a vacation anywhere she wants. I am just blown away at the kindness shown towards this woman, because there is no telling how long she has had to endure this kind of abuse.

Watching this video has really made me worry about the way kids now behave. I’m only 30 and I can remember teachers getting picked on, but not to this extent and not so blatantly because we would have been punished. If I were these kids parents I would want to hide under a rock because I would be so ashamed at the way they behaved, this went beyond just being anry kids it was abuse. I hope and pray that my kids don’t ever run into this kind of situation where kids act like this but I know that they have been raised better than this and know to treat everyone with respect especially your elders. At the very least I think these kids and their parents need counseling. It’s not normal to get amusement out of making someone cry and I think their issues need to be figured out before they become adults. I am so glad that this situation came to light and Karen Klein will at least get to take her self on a very nice and long vacation with her family.

I would LOVE to hear your thoughts! What do you think should happen to these boys?

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