Karen Klein, a bus monitor in Greece, NY, was bullied by four middle school boys on her bus route.
Another student recorded the bullying with his cell phone (a ten minute video) after he was fed up with the daily abuse that Karen underwent.
The four boys said terrible things to Klein (a 68-year-old grandmother of eight) such as, “You’re so fat… Look at her jiggle… You take up the whole seat.”
Robert Helm, father of one of the school bus bullies, told Inside Edition,
“It was very hard to watch that and even tougher as a father to see your child treat someone like that. It broke my heart.”
Helm went on to say about his son,
“It’s not just going to stop at ‘You’re grounded, you don’t get TV.’ This is much bigger than that. This is something for a professional to interview Weslie and find out what the underlining problem is. I said ‘If this was your mother or your grandmother how would you feel?’ He’s very remorseful.”
A Toronto man began a fundraiser for Karen to send her on vacation. Expecting to raise $5,000, his site has now raised over $350,000. This just proves, sometimes the internet is awesome. Karen told ABC News she would like to take an RV across America on her vacation.
Karen will not be pressing charges against the boys.
As a parent, I will be showing this video to my nine-year-old son. I believe it’s important to teach respect and empathy. And sometimes, the best way to do that – is to show them how not to behave.
What about you? Will you share the video with your children?