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POLL: Video of Granny Mocked by Middle Schoolers Goes Viral

What should happen to 4 Greece, NY middle school students who harrassed, taunted, and threatened an elderly school bus monitor and recorded it on a cell phone?


Four teens who mocked an elderly lady bus monitor into tears in a cellphone video they took have hit the big time: the Youtube video has gone viral, and they are the subject of anger and scorn all over the Internet.

Karen Klein, 68, drove a school bus for the Greece, NY school district for 20 years before she took the job of riding with middle school students. She was targeted with a bullying rampage from four boys, who taunted her for being ugly, for her weight, and for being stupid.

Klein, who is hearing impaired, didn't hear all of their insults, but she knew one of them was taping the insults on a cellphone. The boys laughed at her and poked her in the head and arms and threatened to steal from her home. She did hear one of the taunts:  "You're so ugly your kids should kill themselves."

It made her cry. Her son committed suicide 10 years ago, according to a 13wham.com report.

After being inundated with protests of outrage and indignation from around the world, the president of the Greece school district said she hoped the incident could be a 'teachable moment' on incivility. 

The Greece, NY police and school district are still mulling over the punishment the offenders should face and whether charges should be brought. Meanwhile, Klein's harrassment has hit an international chord. The Youtube video had almost a quarter of a million hits in less than two days.

Sympathizers to Klein found a way to help her: they established a fund to give her a vacation. It has hit almost $114,000 in a day.

The cruelty of the students towards Klein - and the reaction of people who have seen the video - is amazing.

What do you think should be done with the four tormentors? What kind of punishment do they deserve? Do you think this kind of behavior is just bullying gone wild, or is it a sign our society is falling apart?

Take the poll and post your thoughts (and well wishes for Karen Klein.)

Sara June 22, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I just had a, "They're all going to laugh at you," moment...
Cece June 22, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Is everyone who works for a school district AFRAID of parents, getting sued and losing their job?? I thought when children behave a certain way, they're written up, given a warning, etc. I think most school staff is so afraid that so many times they put their hands up and walk away. And I'm sure they feel it's a losing battle. We need to do something to stop the disrespect at a YOUNG age to prevent the upper grade levels having such unspeakable situations. Maybe it's time to have a class called "what is respect" as part of a student's curriculum since the parent's don't seem to be doing such a great job of it.
K.Smith June 22, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Really? You are part of the problem. I promise you, my children would NEVER disrespect their elders, the schools punishment would be the LEAST of their worries. It's people like you that are brining morals to a new low. This lady shouldn't have to retire because of out of control kids, these kids and their parents should have to pay!
star June 23, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Thats the problem no one can handle kids anymore. The kids have all the rights and they know it so they do whatever they feel whenever, to whomever, they know will only receive a slap on the wrist. If she chooses to work until she is 90 she has the right to work without some unruly, disrespectful, bully of a *** taunting her. Corporal punishment needs to come back to the school system, because Ritalin is not working!
star June 23, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I thik they need a good old fashioned whipping!

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