Bus monitor update

The fastest-traveling news story in America today is the story of Karen Klein, a bus monitor in suburban Rochester, New York, who was tormented by the most vicious pack mammal on the planet — the 13-year-old human. I posted the video and follow up on 5×8 this morning.

The police have rounded up the kids, but Ms. Klein is not pressing charges against them, a police captain said during a news conference today.

The school spokesman made a terrific point. The video should be a springboard for parents to have a discussion with their children about bullying. You don’t have to be in Greece, NY to comply with the suggestion.

Meanwhile, an online fundraising effort to give Ms. Klein a vacation passed $250,000 this afternoon. That’s $250,000 more than the cost of what she really wants — an apology.

  • David G

    Maybe $250K more than the *cost* of an apology, but probably an infinitesimal fraction of the *value* of a sincere apology.

  • Bonnie

    Has there been any discussion about what if anything she could have done to defend herself in this situation? Is there any effective way to defuse bulllies in action? If a person finds themselves in this situation, what is she/he supposed to do?

  • Aiden Hughes 9 years old

    Dear Bus Driver Lady,

    I’ve been picked on before on the bus. I am sorry you had to go through that.

    Don’t listen to what those kids say, they are just being jerks. On a scale of 1 to 1000, you are 1,000 nice. And they were 0. Keep ignoring it, don’t listen to what they say.

  • Kevin

    @Aiden, you are one wise 9-year-old.

  • Kevin

    I’ve been wondering: what authority does a bus monitor generally have to discipline kids? Perhaps not enough in this situation. If that’s the case, what is the point of a bus monitor?

    And now the bullies are receiving death threats. Is this the incident that mushrooms into everyone in the world hating everyone else?