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Patch's Poll: Does the Video of a Bullied NY Bus Monitor Surprise You?

After unsettling footage of an elderly bus monitor being bullied was posted on YouTube, donations to send the 68-year-old widow on 'a vacation of a lifetime' are nearing $500,000. Does the behavior of the students shock you, or is it the norm these days?

A YouTube video (warning: the language is laced with expletives) showing a group of New York middle schoolers taunting an elderly bus monitor was nearing 7,000,000 views on Monday after it was posted on June 19.

The kids in the video use harsh language, at one point even telling the 68-year-old widow, "You don't have a family because they all killed themselves because they don't want to be near you." 

As the YouTube views have shot up, so too have donations in support of Karen Klein, who, throughout the whole ordeal, did not show any emotion apart from holding back a few tears.

As of Monday morning, almost 30,000 funders had donated $644,674 to an online account with the description, "Lets give her something she will never forget, a vacation of a lifetime!"

Some of the comments left on the fundraising website:

  • Norm: My contribution is my vote against bullying. A fine example of grace under pressure by Karen.
  • Benjamin: Heart goes out to you. I wish I was on that bus, I’d have put them kids in their place.
  • Lindsay: Kids can be cruel. Your story moved us in Kitchener, ON, Canada

Does this kind of taunting happen every day, or is it an isolated incident? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Bill Keane June 26, 2012 at 11:05 AM
I agree with Julie's quote of Dawn... I've seen some of the video, and couldn't watch to the end, because what I'd seen was quite enough. A whole lot of things should have gone into play. The bus should have been stopped, the parents immediately called... The victim was also capable of demanding that the bus stop and the behavior be immediately terminated. As a monitor her job is to step in on behavior like this, even if she is the object of the abuse. I felt very bad for her, as she may well have been shocked into passivity, but no monitor/driver should have to tolerate this. Kids can be cruel in a pack mentality, but they can also use this as a teaching moment (after appropriate discipline).
JJ4 June 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM
I can't even bring myself to watch. I'm not an advocate of sueing, but in this case every child, parent & the bus driver need to be hauled into a court maybe Judge Judy & they should have to write this woman a check everday to remind them of what they did & have to explain to a future husband, wife & children what they did. This is disguisting & the parents should be ashamed of not only their children but themselves.
thomas June 26, 2012 at 03:51 PM
they will be the most idlest generation, they are building jails and graveyards for them this moment, in north haven they either hang in the library computers or ride in bicycle gangs around town. very very few will make it.
Janet June 26, 2012 at 04:30 PM
This does not surprise me. I remember growing up that kids could be very cruel... And some were good kids-- just maybe misguided and caught up in their crowd of friends. Only there was no social media then, so it went unnoticed. This is a good lesson for kids, but let's hope the $600k in donations does not spark a rash of "bullying for profit" attempts.
Pamela Kallimanis July 16, 2012 at 06:38 PM
http://easthampton.patch.com/blog_posts/what-is-a-bully-and-who-is-the-next-victim#comments_list

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