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At Issue: Bus Monitor Bullies

A group of middle schoolers in upstate New York who tormented an elderly bus monitor on Monday had the tables turned on them when they uploaded a video of their actions to Facebook.

A video of a group of middle schoolers from upstate New York tormenting a elderly bus monitor has had repercussions nobody expected. The video, uploaded to Facebook by the bullies themselves, went viral, turning the tables completely on the bullies.

According to a story in the Christian Science Monitor, sympathy began pouring in for Karen Klein, the 68-year-old grandmother who was the target of the attack. With it, followed a flood of donations -- more than $360,000 and counting by Thursday evening. The site had been set up just to raise enough money to send her on a vacation, but by the time it’s finished she could probably retire.

The video (see Youtube), entitled "Making the Bus Monitor Cry," went on for 10 minutes with the group of middle schoolers cursing and taunting the woman as she sat quietly and cried. Despite it all, however, she does not want to give up her job and nor does she want the students charged. (Warning. Video contains offensive and obscene language.)

Appearing on Anderson Cooper's show Thursday evening, Klein said during the unprovoked attack that "I was trying to get it out of my mind; I was trying to make it go away."

She added that she does not believe apologies issued were sincere, but that she does not think the children are inherently "bad kids."

Question:

After watching the video and seeing what the elderly bus monitor was put through by the students, what do you think their punishment should be? Do the actions of the children come down to parenting?

Crystal Huskey June 22, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Here is a story on the Huffington Post with the boys apologizing: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/21/karen-klein-bullying-video-bullies-apologize-to-bus-monitor_n_1617404.html?1340373410&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009
Jennifer Silas June 22, 2012 at 02:20 PM
The irony is that there is a bus monitor so that there is an adult on the back of the bus and the driver isn't the only adult. The bus monitor is supposed to prevent bullying of other students! And I guess she did by being the target herself. Yes it comes down to parenting, and peer pressure. I think that if this were my child I would make him spend every saturday for the next two years mowing Karen's lawn, and any other work that she needed done.
Crystal Huskey June 22, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Agreed. Someone commented on this same story on another site that the kids should be made to do community service at places like homeless shelters and senior centers. They obviously need some lessons in empathy. How could they be so young and have their conscience already so seared?

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