Sioux Falls bus officials talk about bullied bus monitor
Kids: "Look at all this flab right here."
Three middle school students in Rochester, New York bullying their bus monitor, 68 year-old Karen Klein.
Kids: "Oh my god you're so fat."
"I tried to ignore it. I didn't hear some stuff and tried to shut them out," Karen Klein said.
The mother of four and grandmother of eight also tries to reason with the boys.
Klein: "Unless you have something nice to say don't say anything at all."
But the jabs only get worse. Klein even pretending to cry doesn't work.
Klein: "I'm crying all over."
Kid: "She probably misses her box of twinkies."
The video has now gone viral. Even School Bus Inc. manager Jim Shafer in Sioux Falls heard about it.
Shafer thinks this bullying most likely happened before.
"My guess is yeah, it isn't the first time," Shafer said.
Buses are still running for camps and summer school in Sioux Falls. While bullying can happen anywhere, Shafer says he hasn't seen something this extreme in our area.
Kid: "Dude, put the glasses back on, I can't stand looking at your face."
And that's because Shafer says the Sioux Falls school system is involved heavily.
"The school is just excellent in dealing with bullying and not tolerated at all. We've seen it in hallways or maybe at the bus stop and if we report it they'll (school officials) deal with it right away," Shafer said.
And Shafer thinks the kids' parents might need to be more involved too.
"If they're parenting the student I can't imagine them doing things like this," Shafer said.
The kid who recorded that cell phone video says he was pressured to do it. Now he's apologizing. The school says the students involved will be disciplined.
Meanwhile, Klein would like hand written apologies but says she's not pressing criminal charges.
Klein: "I'm not a real vindictive person. I get upset, yeah. I want them to know they did wrong."
An online fund was started to raise $5,000 to send Klein on vacation and strangers have donated. Amounts are pouring in. The most up-to-date number is way more than $5,000. So far more than $225,000 has been collected.
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