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  1. Zlick says

    Bravo for her. Now, um, where can I get assigned to a really mean school bus? I’m remodeling my condo, and $30K will just about cover it. I will accept taunts for being short, gay, Jewish, and ultra-liberal. Thanks.

  2. says

    Will any action be taken against the kids who taunted her? If not, why not? I would like to think the parents of those kids are embarrassed and disappointed that their own children could be so cruel and sick.

  3. Mark says

    Please Karen do something to have these kids punished..Other wise they see that they can get away with bullying and will continue to do it… Save another person from this…

  4. Tadpolicus Wex says

    As a proud Rochesterian I must stress, Greece NY is a suburb of Rochester and in no way shares any of our values. They are a homogeneous cabal of Rethug guidos who consistently behave in racist, sexist and homophobic behaviors AND their kids are sad reflections of their evangelical leanings.

  5. Lonewolfen says

    As horrific as the whole incident has been, she displays strength of character. Kudos to her. I hope she gets the chance to prove that bullying isn’t just hurting the youth.

  6. Ricco says

    @Tadpolicus Wex . . . we all like to think that people behave like this everywhere but our own town, but just for using the term “guido” and slapping that title on the entire township of Greece, will have to reexamine the behavior or at least one proud Rochesterian.

    You see this is what the people in Laramie wanted to think . . . that Aaron McKinney and Russel Henderson were not one of their own.

    What proud Rochesterians, Olympians (that is my home town), AMERICAN’s need to realize is that this is the face of America. This is the face of America, and as long as we think murders, rapes, or bullying happens anywhere but in our home state, in our home town . . . then this is all we will ever be.

  7. Eric says

    @Lonewolfen

    This is from one of the news stories:

    “The district’s bullying response and prevention team was also notified, Heiden said. The students’ behavior violated the district’s Code of Conduct ‘and will not be tolerated,’ district officials said.”

    also

    “Greece police and school officials have questioned some students believed to have taunted and harassed a Greece Central School District bus monitor.”

    http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20120620/NEWS01/306200023/Greece-bus-monitor-bullying-video?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Local%20News

  8. AJ says

    What about Reddit?!! That is the best part of this! Bravo Redfit for being the anti YouTube comments section. Reddit is the Internet done right! All in the name of making someone’s day brighter! Unreal! Proud to be a redditor right now.

  9. Kevin says

    What exactly is the job of a school bus monitor?

    I think the behavior of the children is awful, and I feel terrible for her. However, it was her job to prevent this kind of behavior on the school bus in the first place.

    It seems to me that she was put into a job she shouldn’t have been performing in the first place.

    Would her reaction to a child being bullied in such a way been to “…ignore them, hoping they would go away…”?

    It seems to me that one way in which this lady was abused was by her supervisors throwing her to the wolves without proper training. She is an adult on a bus with middle school kids, they are going to test her every way imaginable. It shocks me that the situation could get that out of control.

    I hope that enough money is raised so that she can enjoy a retirement. This is no way to go through life.

  10. Eric says

    @Kevin

    From the interviews I’ve seen with her, her job was to keep the kids in their seats and stop them from yelling. I don’t know how long she’s been a school bus monitor, but she’s been working for the school district for over 20 years. She even graduated from their high school 50 years ago. Also from the interviews she says that she’s been with these kids all year, and even that day they were all in their seats and were orderly, then they just turned on her, including threatening to hurt her, and saying that her kids should kill themselves (her son did commit suicide years earlier, and she is widowed). And here, I think, is the key: she said in one interview that it doesn’t do any good to write the kids up, because nothing happens. She says that she didn’t even bother to write the kids up this time, because there was only a few days left in the school year, and, well, her reports were ignored before. I hear what you’re saying, but, put yourself in her position. What would you have done?

  11. Angela Channing says

    For those of us who work for companies with strong policies and enforcement against harassment, we are fortunate. The next time I have a struggle at work, I am going to think of this video.

  12. Kevin says

    @Eric.

    Thank you for the clarifications.

    I want to be clear, I am not blaming the victim here. What I am asking, is where is the discipline, boundaries and consistency that prevents this kind of behavior.

    In most school districts the job of the bus monitor is to make sure there is discipline as well as general safety on the bus. To be honest, I can’t answer the question as to what I would have done. It is obvious, from this video, that there was a complete breakdown in boundaries and discipline that was far greater than one day. Its not just smacking the kids, its a consistent policy that is consistently enforced that needs to happen. My honest impression is that bullying on the bus is the norm and the kids believed this kind of behavior was acceptable.

    I think it is important to provide a bit of counterbalance to the posts and comments (on this and other sites) that seem to imply that these children are evil in ways that children have never been evil before. Obviously some of us don’t recall being thirteen. There were people posting the home addresses of the children involved here. Is that acceptable behavior coming from adults?

    I wonder if this behavior occurs on every school bus everywhere, everyday? The stories from people who recall bullying as children on school buses would indicate that it does – if you’re a kid. In this instance, the target was an adult. That tells me the system is broken (in several ways).

    Sorry, but at some point the adults bear responsibility here. That includes the staff on the bus, the parents as well as the school administrators.

  13. STeve says

    I’m sure all the kids were from nice families…you know, good families – with one father, and one mother; which always ensures that the kids grow up just right.

  14. simon says

    Regarding the question why the bus monitor was not well trained, the answer is the school district will outsource the position to a foreign country if they are allowed to. They simply doesn’t have the money.

  15. andrew says

    “Because our kids aren’t bad”. Some of them are disrespectful mutants. I wonder what the grandmothers of these grossly disrespectful children think.

  16. Tadpolicus Wex says

    What proud Rochesterians, Olympians (that is my home town), AMERICAN’s need to realize is that this is the face of America. This is the face of America, and as long as we think murders, rapes, or bullying happens anywhere but in our home state, in our home town . . . then this is all we will ever be.

    Posted by: Ricco | Jun 20, 2012 7:12:30 PM

    Ricco
    You are a very eloquent man, nevertheless, look me me up if you are in my neck of the woods – we can take an excursion to the local mall and I’ll treat you to a pretzel then you can walk it back after watching the locals of Greece, NY. I totally agree that bullying is legion, no region is free of it’s insidious menace HOWEVS Greece has a concentration of such odious, cruel folks that I must defend my own hometown, mind you we’re the second highest murder rate in our state and yet city folk are a lot less likely to verbally abuse their bus monitor for simple sadistic pleasure, fact.

  17. ratbastard says

    Local ‘Guidos’? Good grief.

    I agree 100% with Kevin. Nice lady, feel bad for her and what happened, hope she gets something out of it and can retire or move onto a job she can handle. And it’s obvious she wasn’t a competent bus monitor, being too old and deaf or nearly deaf. I’m sure the folks who put her this job thought they were doing the right thing by giving this nice lady a job that she obviously needs, but she’s just not fit for it, again it’s obvious. Maybe she can collect disability for her deafness or something, in addition to S.S. and what-not.

    The effing brats need more than a good talking to, that’s for sure. I hope their names get published on the net so they have a hard time in the future living this down, like when employers and schools might happen to do a search on them. That’s the least that should happen out of this. That was painful to watch.

  18. Grace in San Francisco says

    She should have told the driver to pull over, call the school, and say the brats are being driven back to the school. Let the parents be inconvenienced by picking up their idiots instead of letting the taxpayers give them a ride home.

    The poor lady was clearly out of her league, she didn’t want to “rock the boat” and cause trouble. She may have feared losing her job if she disciplined them.

    As for calling a 67-year-old grandmother “ugly and fat”, I wonder what type of Miss America contestants those morons have for grandmothers?

    Just the gutter language alone should have been grounds to terminate their ride. The second that brat put his hand on her shoulder, she should have had him arrested for assault!

  19. says

    With all the money being sent to this poor woman. I hope she uses it to retire comfortably so that she doesn’t have to sit on the bus with a bunch of preteen shitstains ever again.

    I seriously hope that the next time those asswipes pull that crap again, that their new bus monitor grabs the wheel, runs it off the nearest cliff and jumps to safety just in time.

  20. jim says

    There was a report on Ms Klein on our local news last night (Cleveland), really surprised me. One part of the interview asked something like, “while this was going on, what did you want to do?” and she kinda smiled and said “I wanted to hurt them, but you can’t do THAT!” And she grinned sadly and did an eyebrow raise. Ms Klein is a class act. And I hope there are huge repurcussions in the school district over that fact that, as she said again here, she’s filed reports before and nothing ever comes of it.

    What I really want to know, tho, is what was the bus driver’s part in this–it’s not like this was whispered taunts, it was pretty loud, on the video, why didn’t the driver pull the bus over, radio for assistance (if it’s available) and take control? That’s what would happen on a municipal bus. Aren’t they supposed to be a team or something?

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