Students riding a bus in Greece, New York belittled, badgered and bullied a bus monitor into tears. The bus was part of the Athena Middle School in NY. The bus monitor was riding the bus to help try and keep the kids safe and under control. What the bus monitor, Karen H. Klein got were horrendous attacks verbally over and over.
The video was recorded for over 10 minutes and 9 seconds of extremely uncomfortable attacks. The video reveals the students that were saying all of the profanity & verbal attacks to Karen Klein who is 68 years old. The students listed as involved are: Luis Recio, Wesley Helm, Brandon Teng and Joshua Slesak.
It was reported by a donation website that Karen earns around $15,506 a year. Students made fun of the bus monitor Karen by saying things like, “You’re so f**in poor you fat a**.” Karen kept calm and responded to the middle school kids, “I try to live by some of these words, I try and it’s really hard. It says to live with integrity.” The kids said, “I’m surprised you know how to read. Nobody cares about what the f**cking kitty purse says.” The kids start to read her purse and make fun of her quoting off some of the sayings like, “Dare to laugh”, “Be remarkable” … One of the kids says, “You already are remarkable by taking up the whole entire seat.”
The kids went of for ten minutes on telling Karen how fat she was and how much she was sweating. At one point Karen responded, “It’s not sweat, I’m crying all over.” At many points during the video you can see the bus monitor deflecting the insults and attacks with shrugs and trying to look out of the window. When Karen quits responding some of the kids start telling her to give them her address. The kids said they wanted to break into her house and take all of her things, pee on her doorstep and crap in her mouth.
The story is heart wrenching and terrible and literally shows you what kids are like these days. The video has racked up over 2,222,743 million views. Don’t worry there is a good part to the ending of this story. There was a link shared with the video of Karen Klein being attacked that asked people to donate to Karen. The request was to help Karen go on vacation and retire.
The donation site allows a flexible funding campaign and the campaign will receive all of the funds by Friday July 20th, 2012.
On June 21st, 2012 Fox News revealed that Karen Klein would not press charges from an announcment from Captain Steve Chatterton of the Greece Police Department. “Obviously we are upset with what we saw in the video, both as parents and police officers,” Chatterton told reporters during a press conference Thursday afternoon. “But at this time, she has decided she does not want to press criminal charges.”
On the donation site contact information is provided for you to reach out and speak out to officials, school members & to take action:
Link to the school’s website: http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/athena-middle.cfm
Bus number: #784
School’s fax number: (585) 966-4039
Principal of the school’s E-mail address: David.Richardson@greece.k12.ny.us
Staff E-mails & Other Links:
Karen’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kklein1944
Karen’s daughter came onto the donation page to give an update from June 21st, 2012 and said:
************ UPDATE 11:00 am est 6/21: This is Amanda (tammbg below). I am Karen’s daughter and I just joined this campaign. I have spoken with Max and with Indiegogo and we just want to thank you so much for your support. I am at work now so can’t put a picture up yet. We are completely overwhelmed with all the support, so thank you. *************