See updates below for a happier ending. … Kind strangers of the Internet stepped up, and you won’t believe how much they’ve raised for her.
It’s not like teenagers have ever been the most respectful group of humans. But this string of bullying abuses aimed at a seemingly harmless female bus monitor is a hard thing to endure. If you can make it through this entire video, congratulations, you have a strong stomach.
The victim of this abuse is Karen Huff Klein, a bus monitor for the Greece Central School District in Rochester, New York. Her tears are our tears as we weep for society. If you couldn’t stick it out, here are some choice insults:
• “You fuckin’ fat-ass, look at all this flab right here.”
• “What size bra are you? Triple sag?”
• “She’s gonna pick out which kid she’s gonna rape next.”
• “You touched her arm flab. It’s all stinky and smelly.”
• “She probably eats deodorant because she can’t afford real food.”
Who says that kind of stuff to an older lady? What kind of parents let kids become this kinds of monster? Or has this been going on since the dawn of time and only news now because of the prevalence of camera phones?
Whatever it is, Internet Justice will surely catch up to these punks.
UPDATE: 4chan, which started this whole thing, is on the case of the bullying teens.
UPDATE II: Max Sidorov of Toronto, Canada, decided to raise money to send Klein on a vacation, since she doesn’t earn nearly enough in her capacity as a bus monitor. In just one day, web citizens raised
more than $2,000 $520,000 and counting. Click here if you would like to contribute.
UPDATE III: Now we’re getting crazy meta — there’s now a fundraising campaign to help Max, who started the fundraiser to help Karen. People have donated more than $3,500 so far. And if that’s not enough, now there’s a fundraiser to help Case Prince, the guy who started the fundraiser to help Max, who started the fundraiser to help Karen. That one seems a bit ironic, but this is all like a Russian nesting doll of fundraisers.
UPDATE IV: Klein spoke to NBC on Wednesday, saying “Everything started out as usual. I don’t know what happened.” Watch it here:[Towleroad]