Read time: 2 minutes

Middle School Students Bully School Bus Monitor

This story struck a nerve with me today, as a friend recently told me of her daughter being bullied on her school bus, and the bullies had posted a video on Facebook to continue their taunts online. She contacted the mother of child with the

This story struck a nerve with me today, as a friend recently told me of her daughter being bullied on her school bus, and the bullies had posted a video on Facebook to continue their taunts online. She contacted the mother of child with the Facebook account, and asked that she please have the video removed, only to have the woman refuse and say her child deserved it because "she's so fat."

What drives a child to be so cruel to another human being?

Via:

Greece. N.Y. - Karen Klein says she heard students on the school bus call her fat, but she tried to ignore it.

She didn't realize how bad the taunting was until she watched the YouTube video that has sparked outrage.

Cell phone video shot on a school bus Monday shows a small group of Greece Athena middle school students bullying Klein about her weight and threatening to come over to her home and steal from her.

Klein, 68, spoke to 13WHAM's Patrice Walsh at home about how much the comments have hurt her.

"I tried to ignore it...I didn't hear some stuff and tried to shut them out," Klein said.

She was horrified and hurt and she wishes she would have done more to stop the students, but felt helpless.

Klein did tell the bus driver and co-workers about the incident but she didn't think much would come of it.

One comment from a boy on the bus was especially hurtful because he said Klein "didn't have a family because they all killed themselves because they didn't want to be near you."

Klein's oldest son took his own life ten years ago.

The video prompted an outpouring of support and a fundraiser by an international crowd funding site that had gathered more than $100,000 by early Thursday.

"Let's give Karen a vacation of a lifetime. Let's show her the power of the internets and how kind and generous people can be," the fundraiser's organizer said on the website.

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

More C&L Coverage

Discussion

New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team