Bullied Bus Driver Sees Outpouring of Support
Karen Klein is a 68-year-old school bus monitor for a school in Rochester, New York. She’s in charge of making sure the kids are safe on the bus. But it also means she has to sit amongst the kids who are often brutally mean and obnoxious to her.
Earlier this week, she was viciously bullied by several kids who relentlessly called her names and ultimately brought her to tears. A difficult-to-watch 10-minute video was posted to YouTube and support for her is pouring in from the community, as well as from people around the country. She’s being showered with support and gifts, and also praised for showing restraint. Her story is being told across the country as it should be.
WARNING: Video contains strong, offensive language
I’m not often left at a loss for words but this incident had me in tears. This the poor woman. However, the cruelty of some has brought out the generosity and kindness in so many others. A website has been set up to send Karen on a vacation. She only makes a little over $15,000 a year as a bus monitor. Already more than $115,000 has been raised. It also has links to the school, Karen’s Facebook page and other YouTube videos.
In the disturbing video, the children can be heard yelling at Klein, calling her an “ugly fat a**” and telling the widow, “you don’t have a family because they all killed themselves because they don’t want to be near you.”
School officials and local police are investigating the incident.
Karen appeared on The Today Show to talk about the incident with Matt Lauer.
Source: Huffington Post