The video of bus monitor Karen Klein being cruelly bullied, by verbal abuse, by school children has gone viral since it was posted on youtube. I haven’t watched it. It goes for 10 minutes. I have seen someone tweet that they made it to 4 minutes before they had to turn it off. So be warned if you choose to watch it, it is bad.
In response, someone started a fundraising page on Indiegogo to raise $5000 so Karen Klein could take a nice holiday somewhere. It has now raised in excess of $US275 000, so she should be able to go somewhere really nice. I think this is a great way to say to someone ‘bullying is not on’ and ‘we support you.’ Ms Klein has said she doesn’t want the children involved to face criminal charges.
“They’ve received death threats,” Greece Police Captain Steve Chatterton said on Thursday. “Their families have been threatened. We have custody of one of their mobile phones, and he had over 1000 missed calls and 1000 text messages threatening him. And he’s 13 years old. That must stop.”
What sort of message are we sending to people if we, as a society, just become a bigger bully?