What if this was your grandmother?

Karen Klein is a sixty eight year old widow and grandmother of eight. She is also a school bus monitor in New York.

A group of junior high boys taunted her on the bus earlier this week. They called her fat, asked her where she lives so they can urinate and defecate on her house, talked about stabbing her, asked her is she rapes little kids and told her that her family should kill themselves. Ms. Klein’s son committed suicide ten years ago, and that comment drove her to tears.

One of the boys recorded the whole incident, and put it on Facebook. It has gone viral, and people are reaching out to console Karen. People have donated more than $600,000 to sent Ms. Klein on vacation. You can see the comments on “Kindness for Karen“.

School officials are investigating the incident. Ms. Klein says she has no plans to quit her job. She simply wants an apology from the boys involved.

You can watch the video here and see the children’s punishments here.

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16 thoughts on “What if this was your grandmother?

  1. I support the original intent behind sending this lady on a ‘vacation’. It was a wonderfully kind thing to do. It’s what it’s morphed into that I have a problem with. It just doesn’t stop. The amount of money has become obscene and yet people are STILL donating. She’s been more than amply compensated for her ONE bus ride of uncomfortableness.$645,645 and counting. This jumped over $21,000 between yesterday morning and this morning alone. And it’s not like people don’t know the fund is this high. They are now contributing just to be part of the big thing. It’s not for Karen anymore. It’s for their own ‘feel good’ mechanism, so they can say they too, donated to the bullied school bus monitor. Before the end of the day, it will easily hit $650,000. I think there are other worthy causes that can use some love and kindness, other than continuing to donate to one person’s personal pocketbook. She has more money than she ever imagined having in her life right now, and more than she can reasonably live on for the rest of her life. You all have given her a 5 star retirement. The job is done.

    It’s time to stop now people. Seriously.

    This is entering the twisted land of greed and wonderland.

    • I completely agree. And if you look at the amount of bus monitors, teachers, lunch ladies, etc. that are bullied, the number is absolutely staggering. Maybe they should set up a fund to help end bullying and donate to that, instead of one lady getting 600,000 plus dollars.

      It was a good cause to begin with, though.

  2. When I saw the obscene amount of money that was going to just this one lady, and none of which would be used to help anyone else, or help the children involved in the matter be reformed in any manner. Hint: death threats to children is not reforming them, people…) I set up a campaign called the Anti Bullying Project.

    http://www.indiegogo.com/antibullyingproject

    I also posted it at Max Sidorov’s Facebook, asking him for his thoughts and input. I figured he’d be delighted to help put an end to bullying. He DELETED it. And then refused to even respond as to why. I know why. Because the fifteen minutes of fame has gotten to his head, and even though he has no idea how to actually launch or properly orchestrate a grassroots movement. (other than raise money, via emotional Youtube videos), he’s now trying to do his own thing. Which is fine, but acting like you are the new found god of Anti-bullying just because you raised some cash for a little old lady, doesn’t mean you have any idea what you are doing on any other front. Sure, I think people will donate to his fund hand over fist. What I’m concerned with, is will it be effective?

    If we refuse to take a look at the root causes of bullying and get EVERYONE involved that we can, nothing will change.

    By the way, after Max deleted my link from his Facebook, I got zero traffic. Not ONE individual has donated even $2 to the Anti Bullying Project.

    I think in some weird Twilight Zone, they see Max as the official head of this movement, and anyone else is somehow ‘less than’.

    I think he sees my fund as ‘competition’, and that’s incredibly sad. In the end, it’s the kids that lose.

    • I think an anti-bullying fund is exactly what we need. If we get the kids help now, they’re less likely to be abusive to future children/spouses in the future. I would much rather donate to a cause that would end the problem, instead of placating one of the victims.

      • Exactly! But therein lies the crux…

        People want feel good gestures. They don’t really want to DO anything about it. Not really. Or they would be.

      • This reminds me of the Stop Kony movement, where everyone wanted to post a Facebook status or retweet something, instead of actually wanting to help. They only wanted to feel gratified.

      • Bingo. This stopped being about the Bus Monitor several days ago. And it was never about stopping bullying. Otherwise the fund that would have been created would have been “Help stop the Bullying that people like Karen Klein have had to endure. Help us raise money to bring national awareness of this problem.” Is that what happened? No. We got a ‘vacation’ for Karen fund, and death threats for the children.

      • One more point. Never once did I see anyone suggest actually HELPING these children become better people. Only on PUNISHING them, and making they, and their families suffer and ‘feel what it’s like to be bullied’.

        People don’t want the problem fixed. They want some sick form of payback. Which is why 20 years after I was bullied in school, nothing has changed.

        Also, if you’d like to help on the new Anti Bullying Project, I’d be more than happy to work with you. I think you truly understand why bullying isn’t being addressed, and I think your insights would be valuable. 🙂

      • If you don’t help them then the cycle just continues! Punishing them, instead of helping them to understand why their actions aren’t right, won’t help anything.

        I’d definitely like to be involved. 🙂

  3. I felt awful after watching that video, but I am glad that Karen Klein is getting somewhat of a happy ending. I think she deserves it and I’m glad that she is donating some of that money to charity and good causes. I wrote an article yesterday about her story and the power of the Internet and social media. Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out:

    http://caseykurlander.wordpress.com/

    Thanks!
    Casey

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