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Friday, June 22, 2012

Video shows kids bullying school bus monitor; now, the questions by Rene Lynch

Dennis Pierce, Editor
"A new video that has gone viral online shows a group of boys in Rochester, N.Y., bullying a 68-year-old bus monitor to the point of tears, raising a number of important questions—from how the incident was allowed to happen, to how educators and others can change what is becoming an increasingly coarse culture." writes Dennis Pierce, Editor.

A video of New York schoolboys taunting a 68-year-old school bus monitor has gone viral, watched more than 1.65 million times since it was posted online June 19. It’s led many people to decry a new low in an increasingly coarse culture and to ask: What’s wrong with our children?

Social media is driving an effort to try to help the monitor, Karen Klein. More than $278,000 – and counting — has been raised. The money is ostensibly a “vacation” fund for Klein, but it’s turning into a financial indicator of the public’s outrage over the boys’ bullying behavior and a way to collectively apologize to Klein.

Here are just a few of the comments posted on YouTube, where the video can be found, and on the fundraising site created on the monitor’s behalf.

– “Lost all faith in humanity.”
– “We need to be a kinder country than this. Bullying needs to stop!”
– “Parents, this is our wake up call! It’s time we expect more from our kids — starting with common decency.”

The 10-minute video plays like a reality TV version of “Lord of the Flies.” The gray-haired Klein sits mostly silent on the Grace Central School District bus in North Greece, N.Y., as she’s mocked by foul-mouthed 12- and-13-year-olds who repeatedly pelt her with f-bombs, call her fat, poke at her hearing aid and comment about how much she’s sweating.

Click below to watch the video (Warning: contains graphic language):

Kids make Bus Monitor Cry!(Full uncut) proceeds from this video will go to the poor bus monitor

The New York newspaper the Democrat & Chronicle, for which this is a local news story, published an editorial Thursday pointing to the video as evidence that our culture is in decline.

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Source: eScool News