June 22, 2012
Bus monitor bullies being bullied
By QMI Agency
Police say the Grade 7 kids who bullied an elderly staff member to tears in a video posted online have received thousands of angry messages and death threats.
The video showing verbal abuse by students aimed at Karen Klein, the 68-year-old bus monitor in Greece, N.Y., near Rochester, was posted to YouTube this week.
Greece police Capt. Steve Chatterton told Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle newspaper that officers have bumped up patrols around the boys' homes for their safety.
"We have a cellphone of one of the boys and he's received more than 1,000 missed calls and more than 1,000 text messages threatening him. Threats to overcome threats do no good," he said.
Principal Dave Richardson of Greece Athena Middle School said he and other staff have received thousands of hate e-mails decrying the actions of the four boys.
"I cannot condone the vigilante justice that some are calling for," the school's assistant superintendent Deborah Hoeft said.
"We all need to take a step backward and look at the way we treat each other."
Meanwhile, two days after the video went viral, a vacation fund created for Klein has collected more than $520,000.
On Thursday night, Anderson Cooper read apologies to Klein from two of the boys involved.
Southwest Airlines has also been given her and nine people a trip to Disneyland in California.
Klein said she plans to take her family and is overwhelmed by the support.