Video: Making the bus monitor cry

posted at 6:41 pm on June 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

Rarely will I post something for you that I haven’t watched myself, but I’ll cop straight up to not having watched this one. I can’t take it; the descriptions are bad enough. The cruelty’s so gratuitous and the target so sympathetic that it’s a bit like reading a story about someone torturing a small animal. A taste from the Blaze:

Among the comment that hurt the most, Klein told WHAM-TV that one child’s statement that she is so ugly that her “kids should kill themselves” was particularly hurtful. Her son committed suicide 10 years ago.

She’s a widow, hearing-impaired, and a grandmother of eight. But all’s not lost: Thanks to Reddit and the viral outrage this clip has caused, there may yet be a happy-ish ending.

Now, as awful as this was, there was a silver lining in not only the universal condemnation of the actions of these kids, but also in a call for support for this poor woman.

Her name is Karen, and she has been a widow for 17 years, has lived in the same town she grew up in and is about to have her 50th high school reunion in the same school district, and deserves so much better than the actions shown by those in this video. Let’s figure out ways to show her that there are still good people out there…

A redditor has established an indiegogo account to collect donations. I can offer no assurances that these funds will reach her, but will make sure to update this thread once verification is obtained. In the meantime, if you would still like to donate, here is the link:

KAREN FUNDRAISER UPDATE $21,300 as of 2:10pm PST!

Follow that link in the blockquote. They just cracked $30,000 as I’m writing this. Klein apparently makes a little more than $15,000 a year as a bus monitor.

HuffPo seems to have the definitive round-up on this so go there to see how it went from random YouTube video to Internet cause celebre and national news story within 24 hours. As New York magazine says, she’s bound to turn up on the morning shows before the week is out so you might as well get up to speed now. As for the kids, take comfort in this: They can’t all be budding sociopaths. Some of them must be garden-variety brats who couldn’t resist the temptation to join in on rhetorically stomping a helpless victim. They’ll get older and they’ll mature, and then they’ll see this video again and what you’re about to feel will hit them too. Imagine that guilt. Unspeakable.

Lots of profanity here, from what I understand, so please observe your content warning.

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These little Bastards should have their asses kicked!! And where was the bus driver when all of this was happening? Why didn’t he or she pull over to the side of the road, stop the bus and tell these punks to knock it off? Probably afraid of losing his or her job because most school districts are run by Liberal mutants who would cry “Child abuse”. I hope the police have enough evidence to fine the parents of these little monsters amd maybe they will do some ass-kicking!!!

Jersey Dan on June 21, 2012 at 8:03 PM

And yeah, I wouldn’t have DARED to talk like this. Mom wouldn’t have waited for Dad to came home, and by the time they both got done I’d be grounded for a year and my butt would be glowing like a firefly’s.

MelonCollie on June 21, 2012 at 7:54 PM

My mom was the secretary to the vice-principal at my high school, so when I got there in the 10th grade, all the teachers eventually knew who I was, even the ones I never had for class, like the metal shop teacher. I was never the type to act up in class anyway, but even if I had had the urge, it would have been squelched immediately. My mom absolutely would not have stood for it — she was not shy about belting me if I even mildly mouthed off to her.

In my senior year, my best friend and I got assigned detention for being late to our health class, the first and only time either of us ever got it. When we arrived at the main office, it was all my mom could do to keep from laughing as she proceeded to shove both of us down the hall to the vice-principal’s office, insisting that we would need to explain ourselves immediately. The vice-principal assigned us one day of detention; I thought I detected a gleam in his eye and the corner of his mouth turning up ever so slightly as he gave us the room assignment and time. But for me, having to face him in that capacity, as a newly delinquent student, rather than merely his secretary’s daughter, was pretty embarrassing. It was one of those incidents which turned me into an obsessively early arrival to virtually everything afterward.

PatriotGal2257 on June 21, 2012 at 9:05 PM

With all of these funds flowing into her coffers, she may actually have to thank the kids for their bullying….Next comes a book deal or a reality show….

Sherman1864 on June 21, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Anyone who has watched ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’ will remember the scene involving a schoolbus and a flamethrower.


..If the bus were full of these kids, I probably wouldn’t have felt so bad about it..

Reaps on June 21, 2012 at 10:21 PM

This are the same kids that rode my bus back in the 80s. If, back then, they had cell phones with cameras they would have likely recorded their foul actions to boast about it later, too.

shick on June 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

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