A recent video shows Karen, a 68-year-old elderly school bus monitor, being verbally bullied by middle school kids. The video has gone viral leaving international viewers shocked by the gruesome abuse the woman went through. The children shouted out profanities and sexual comments to her that were wildly inappropriate. I couldn’t bear to watch nearly half of the video and was shocked by how the behavior of children could reach such a disturbing point. Many people wonder: who is to blame? Parents? Teachers? The students?
A community group reached out to Karen Klein, offering to give her an ultimate vacation away from her bus monitoring duties. The charity set a goal to raise $5,000 and it has exploded beyond expectations. With each passing minute, the Karen Klein charity grows by almost $1,000 dollars and it is now rocketing past $250,000. It’s shaping up to be a retirement fund rather than a vacation fundraiser.
There has been a lot of news recently about bullying in schools. One story in particular from a kindergarten classroom caught my eye in a “Wait, REALLY?!” sort of way. A teacher (who later was fired) lined up her students and, one by one, told them to punch a 6 year old bully to teach him a lesson. (Cue it: Wait, REALLY?!) Teachers need to have common sense in situations where bullying is present. It is disheartening to see such behavior in school systems and more so when teachers can’t control the situation or, in this case, contribute to it.
More on this issue is can be found here. The video should be viewed by mature audiences only as it is incredibly disturbing.
Written by Guest Blogger, Matt Goldberg
Karen Klein Charity: http://www.indiegogo.com/loveforkarenhklein