Nothing A Little Cash Won’t Cure

No doubt most here have heard about Karen Klein, the upstate New York bus monitor who got national attention after a video of boys lobbing insults at her went viral. Cleary these 4 boys need to get severally beaten and this poor lady deserves some recompense, but the resultant fallout of the incident has taken some curious turns.

I remember JimK posting a video a few months back depicting a father’s attempt at disciplining his wayward daughter and his bravado with an automatic, I had a different take on the prevailing opinions here and it led to some interesting back and forths, I think this topic is equally compelling.

I’m left a bit in the dark about the whole school bus kid/monitor dynamic since where I live we only the K thru 6th grade schools have buses. All middle and high schoolers have to fend for themselves. I would think that the job of a bus monitor would be to present an authoritive figure so that the kids on the bus would behave themselves. In this capacity I think Karen was very ill suited. This is no job for an elderly woman. I suspect that the bus driver is the ultimate adult arbiter on the bus so I don’t know why she was even there in the first place, given her meek demeanor. She did not appear capable of maintaining order on that bus, nor did she even notify the bus driver about the unacceptable conduct. I’m just wondering what training she had as a monitor and what actions she was authorized to take. Granted, it’s not like a fight had broken out or a crime was being committed in her presence, but it appears by her actions and demeanor that she had no authority to do anything and this seems wrong to me.

It turns out that a charitable fund was started in Klein’s name (most people have good hearts and will step up to right a wrong) and even this is turning bizarre.

Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor who became a viral sensation, is still unsure what to do with the over half million dollars that has been raised in her name. She and her family, however, have a few ideas.

Max Sidorov, a Canadian nutritionist who launched an online fundraiser to give the 68-year-old grandmother a vacation after video caught middle schoolers taunting her to tears, has far surpassed his goal of $5,000. The campaign has hauled in over $550,000 in just two days, providing Klein with enough money to not only travel someplace nice but retire.

I’m happy this woman is getting monetary remuneration for her injuries, the amount collected so far is pretty staggering, that is some vacation. Yes, it will be nice if she did not have to return to that shit job, but what is she going to do with the cash?

Klein told “CBS This Morning” she plans on spending the generous donations on her kids.

“I’m always too good to them,” she said. “I should let them be on their own for a change, like my son who lives with me because he doesn’t have any other place. (He) doesn’t make the money that he could, he should.”

Is this code for ,”My 46 year old son is a deadbeat who lives in my basement and plays video games all day”?

Brian, 46, has lived with his mother in the same four-bedroom home he grew up in. He also said he hasn’t given much thought to how the money could be used, but “first and foremost” he needs to get a car.

Oh boy, I’m sure that most generous contributors will be thrilled that the money they gave is not going to poor sweet Karen, but to junior so he can buy a car. Sure, she can do whatever she wants with the money but I think she would be better served showing her gratitude in that her plight in life will be improved.

Another interesting sidebar to this is the public lynching mob fomented by many radio and TV personalities that portray both these kids and their parents as absolute monsters who do not deserve to live. I have no sympathy for the kids (as a sidebar, the school was shamed into taking disciplinary action against all four brats and will announce their decision on punishment next week), but this to me was clearly one incident of thousands that go on everyday, incidents in the schools of bullying, of the stronger picking on the weaker. An insult hurled by one snot nose punk, a reaction by those witnessing it, then a synergistic effect taking place among the other ill behaved where the victim is not fighting back and consequences for bad behavior are not forthcoming. The fact that they even have bus monitors shows that this type of behavior is not rare, only then it was directed at fellow students and it highlights the simple fact that the school should not have placed Karen in the line of fire like this.

I don’t place much credence in those apologies that the kids were forced to write and I’m also not jumping on the bandwagon that these parents are despicable human beings who neglected their parenting duties. I don’t know what type of parents they are or how ashamed they feel about the behavior of their brood. I hope they fell deeply ashamed and doll out some serious punishment of their own but I make no sweeping pronouncements about the decline of society or of this generation by this one act of abuse.

Denying them bus privileges for a year (make the parents drive them back and forth to school), then doing something personal for Karen, something like yardwork, getting her groceries, walking her dog, something that benefits her, these are the types of punishments I would get behind. Then get the local paper to write a story (which the national outlets could pick up) highlighting the duties or chores that these kids are doing to make amends, the lessons they learned in dealing with the consequences. We hear the term ,”A teaching moment” often, this could be a big one.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    Is this code for ,”My 46 year old son is a deadbeat who lives in my basement and plays video games all day”?

    Likely, but not a given. He may have been laid off/divorced and just having a shitty time getting back on his feet. I’d give the “deadbeat” description a 75% chance of accuracy without even bothering to investigate.

    Denying them bus privileges for a year (make the parents drive them back and forth to school), then doing something personal for Karen, something like yardwork, getting her groceries, walking her dog, something that benefits her, these are the types of punishments I would get behind.

    Nice start, but they doesn’t really punish them much. In addition to making amends, they must suffer. In my experience, the only thing that stops bullies is pain. When they need stitches, pain killers, and their nose set, they finally start to rethink their actions. Until then, they just plan on getting revenge for being interfered with.

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  2. Section8

    This is the first I’ve seen this. Wasn’t she the bus monitor though? Isn’t it her job to keep an eye on things? Granted, those kids deserve a kick in the ass by their parents, but she has a job to do and it doesn’t look like she was doing it all that well. What would have happened if the target was another student? Would she have just sat there and watched too? We were all kids once, and we all had the ability to sniff out those in the school system we could push buttons with. When it comes to a teacher at least there could be other skills to make up for lack of control such as knowledge (not that they should let kids walk all over them), but in this case authority is her primary job. They need a new bus monitor that can do the job is what I see from this.

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  3. TxAg94

    I would suggest that the fact that her 46-year old sone still lives with her is some indication of how good she was at being a bus monitor (i.e. authority figure). She coddles her sone, so it seems, and I suspect she tried to be every kids buddy. I know from experience, kids will take that as a weakness and exploit it as much as they can. These kids seem to have just gone too far. I know that whenever we had a substitute teacher we pushed to see how much we could get away with. I don’t think me or any of my classmates would be considered hoodlums or bad kids. It’s just human nature to test the authorities. I suspectthis gal was ill-equipped for it and the kids knew it.

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  4. Nexus

    This situation brings to mind an incident with my own mother many moons ago. She was also on the receiving end of some barbs from a mouthy little punk ass. But mom raised 6 boys and is a bit less inclined to take shit. She grabbed the punk ass by the throat, slammed him against a wall, held him there by the throat, got right up in his face and growled, “Don’t you ever speak to me like that again you little shit! You hear me??” I have never seen such fear in anyone’s eyes as I saw in that punk. Needless to say that little shit learned to keep a civil tongue around my mother.
    My mother would be far more qualified to keep order than Mrs. Klein. However Klein managed to net a cool half mil by being a victim. My mother is no one’s victim but no one sends her a dime. Is there something wrong with this picture? Thoughts?

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  5. Kimpost

    Thougts about what? I’m glad your mom handles herself well and all, but I’m having a hard time jumping all over Klein for not being tough enough. Blaming the victim just doesn’t seem right…

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  6. Section8

    Thougts about what? I’m glad your mom handles herself well and all, but I’m having a hard time jumping all over Klein for not being tough enough. Blaming the victim just doesn’t seem right…

    No one is saying the kids should get away with it. What we or some of us are saying is that if you are hired for a job and can’t do it, you should probably get another job, and most certainly shouldn’t get a nice payout from it. Last thing we need to do is hire a second bus monitor to watch over the bus monitor. It’s nice people donated and all, but there are more deserving victims in my opinion. At the end of the day though it’s a person’s choice who they give their money to, I just don’t agree with this one personally.

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  7. ryansparx

    It doesn’t matter if she was tough enough or not. Kids are fucking sociopaths, and this sort of thing is exactly why child abuse is a perfectly moral activity and should be encouraged daily to keep them from getting too uppity. A hot soldering iron to the face every time you make someone cry, you little shit. Burn it in the shape of a tiny tear, too, because poetry is beautiful.

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  8. Poosh

    This happens all over the UK (depending on where you live obviously). But in the UK the woman would have been followed home and her house would be terrorised. The police would do the best they can do, which is almost nothing. If you called the police, the chances are you’d be made to suffer even more (thus the term “snitch”).

    I find it slightly odd that this raises an eyebrow, but that says more about the state of England than anything else.

    Don’t kid yourselves. The only lesson that will be learned from this is NOT to record the event / make sure no one is recording the event.

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