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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.)

So Much to Say June 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM
I'm so sorry for this women. Take the $144K and buy her a gun!!! 'teachable moment' what kind of mental giant would come up with such a STUPID statement. How about "proscute to the fullest extent of the law moment"
Darby June 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM
they should be off the bus permanently and they should have go do 100 hours of community service to elderly in many forums. . no computers or cell phones for at least 3months and a very sincere letter of apology to this poor woman. This is elder abuse Parents look up elder abuse . I they treat her this way what will these kids do to there parents when they reach this age
Retire already! June 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM
She was egging them on. The woman was obviously in over her head. She couldn't handle the job. She should've retired and let someone in who could handle a bunch of kids!
Peggy Devlin Blazewicz June 21, 2012 at 01:13 PM
The children should be punished. However, this should be a teachable moment for every adult because children learn bullying from adults. How can we expect children to behave respectfully when they see adults misbehaving.
joyce June 21, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I drive a bus and am not old these kids r horrible the school or parents do nothing about how they behave on bus the drivers are left too defend themselves what ever happened too respect
BobDee June 21, 2012 at 01:28 PM
This is so,so sad on every level,,,this is our youth,,this is who will be caring for us as we age. These kids do not deserve a field trip that's for sure! They DO deserve the same compassion and respect they showed the aid...NONE!
BobDee June 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM
You must be one of the kids parents. Shame on you!
Crazy Lady June 21, 2012 at 01:35 PM
If these were my kids there would be some child abuse happening after this. I think they should give the children and their parents some help because they are a product of their parents. Maybe they could all use some training in character building. Pressing charges is a waste of tax payer money. This behavior is not criminal, but it shows the level of disrespect the younger generation have with others. I was a troubled kid at that age too, and even I would have never personally berated an elder like that. Many kids think there is no difference between them and the adults in their lives. I will show this video to my son today, just in case he ever has a thought of being disrespectful or just being mean to another human being.
EyesWideOpen June 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
So far I am the only vote for boys will be boys I voted that way because I'm inclined to believe that the fault is not in the kids, but in all of us.Sadism and brutality is hard wired into human beings before birth. It's the whole Lord of the Flies thing again, this time on a school bus with the poor old girl cast in the Piggie role. Those most indignant, full of desire for returibution are ones most likey to do the same thing. Let the schools, parents, locals work this out. Anyone who doesn't like what happened should consider the things they have done in their lives like this or worse. You all have the mark of Cain,everyone of you. In fact, so clearly marked only self-delusion keeps you from seeing it. Bomb women, bomb children by the thousands for unseemly reasons (racism, revenge) then whine about how your little monsters are "rude" to on old lady. She is lucky to have gotten away with her life.
Kaitlyn Anness June 21, 2012 at 02:33 PM
First of all, I wasn't even the target of this bullying and this made me cry. If this woman were these kids mother or grandmother, they would be singing a different tune. Absolutely makes me sick. These children may not have learned bullying from their parents, but they certainly haven't learned consequences or right from wrong. I have no words for this. I don't know what I would do if someone were to do this to a member of my family.
BobDee June 21, 2012 at 02:33 PM
"Sadism and brutality is hard wired into human beings before birth." -agreed,,,but so is kindness and compassion.
Ditmar Perner June 21, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Growing up in 'good olld Europe', we have more respect for the elderly. These boys need to be tought a biiig lesson. here is some suggestions: Let them walk to school for a month, dressed up like a overweight granny, wearing a sign saying what they did. Let them stay in a holding cell in jail after school for a couple hours for a month, wearing THAT sigm again, let them work 25 hours community service in an elderly home, wearing that sign. And NO electronics for 2 (!) month. Then.....traveling from school to school and teatching other students what they did, wearing that sign. I think that should do it for a start...
Sara June 21, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I saw this video early yesterday and managed to get through about 30 seconds of the video before having to turn it off out of sadness and disgust. I immediately went to the site to donate a little. When I did, it was at $3000. Now over $160,000! What it also teaches is that there ARE still good people in the world who will help strangers - even on the big, bad intarwebs. It would be amazing if she raises enough to retire. The kids are already in a world of hurt by being publicly humiliated and having their parents thrown into the spotlight. Is it enough? No. They should be held accountable and made an example of. Their behavior was completely unacceptable. I've seen people claim that kids have always been this way. Really? I'm glad I grew up where I did when I did, then. Nobody I knew, whether friends or not would have EVER spoken to anyone that way - peer or elder.
Kaitlyn Anness June 21, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Sara, I agree, I am only 23 and no kids I ever went to school with spoke to anyone that way. With that said, I think it is worth pointing out that these kids do not represent ALL kids in any way. As a Patch Editor, I have met the most amazing kids, from elementary school to high school. From an Eagle Scout traveling to Guatemala to build a school to a 6 year-old with epilepsy who just wants to grow up helping others with his problem. And that is just in Marlboro. Unfortunately, the bad eggs get more attention. But they shouldn't be considered a representation of their generation.
janice g June 21, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Sorry Peggy. These are little sociopaths.They will be making fun of you as soon as you turn your back on them.
Aminah Yusuf Nassim June 22, 2012 at 07:06 AM
I saw the video and i still cant understand what was going through the poor womans mind when all the insults where being thrown at her by the 13yr old bullies. Its very sad and thanks to all the generous people out there. She deserves the holiday
Curtis Johnson June 22, 2012 at 01:42 PM
These kids are beyond awful. They talk about stabbing, raping, and torturing this woman as well as breaking into her home and 'shitting in her mouth' What the hell is wrong with their parents and school system? In my day, my school would IMMEDIATELY suspend someone like this. They should also be tried in court as adults, because words like that should not be spoken by ANYONE much less 'children'. This story makes me hate where this world is headed.
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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