But this? This is something even I wasn’t prepared to watch:
Click over to see the viral video of four middle school kids from Greece, New York, verbally bullying an elderly bus monitor. Warning: it’ll make your stomach turn. Also, it’s filled with obscenities, so beware watching it around the kiddies.
In the 10-minute video, the kids call Karen Klein, a 68-year-old bus monitor “fat” and plenty of four-letter words. They even tell her that her kids should kill themselves.
Klein’s oldest son committed suicide 10 years ago, reports CNN.
Soon, the boys’ taunting brought Klein to tears.
Congratulations boys. You made an old lady cry.
According to the police in Greece, New York, the four students, all seventh graders, have “not denied accountability.” But they haven’t been punished either.
As of about 2 o’clock pm ET, police in Greece, New York indicate that this type of harrasment might not rise to the level of a crime in family court for the 13-year-olds involved. One of the boys’ fathers said his son is awaiting his punishment. The victim has decided not to press criminal charges, if that’s even feasible.
It appears that the parents aren’t lawyering up or denying their kids’ involvement, which is refreshing.
Even more refreshing is the nationwide outrage over the video. It’s led people to raise funds to send Klein on vacation. I’ve read the amounts to be nearly $300,000 so far, about 20 times what she makes in a year as a bus monitor.
As for Klein, she just wants a new bus route and an apology, reports the Washington Post.
Matt Lauer called the kids “narrow-minded monsters.” But we probably wouldn’t even know about the incident if they hadn’t had the chutzpah to videotape themselves and upload it onto YouTube.
Think about that:
- Four kids bullied an adult on a school bus.
- They videotaped the entire thing.
- They uploaded it to YouTube.
That takes more than getting caught up in a puberty-fueled “Lord of the Flies” moment. It takes a level of fearless, predatory behavior you usually don’t see among seventh graders.
Are they monsters? Watch the video and decide.
I’ll be on Wall Street Journal Radio tonight at 6:50 p.m. ET to talk about the latest in the bus monitor bully case.