Did the bus monitor deserve 2 cry? Should society celebrate tween creativity & IRL bullying? | Hipster Runoff

Did the bus monitor deserve 2 cry? Should society celebrate tween creativity & IRL bullying?

This video of a 'bus monitor' getting bullied by a group of tween bros has gone mad viral. We usually share things that make us laugh, make us feel like we are building a better world [via KONY 2012], or make us 'seem interesting' [via the content we consume]. It feels like people shared this video because they want 2 'feel like a good person', analyzing the 'dark side of tweens', sharing a video that highlights the popular 'social epidemic' of bullying [cyber or non cyber].

Greece, NY
Bus #784
Students Involved:
Luis Recio
Wesley Helm
Brandon Teng
Joshua Slesak


"We've all been those kids on the bus. We've all been the old lady." -columnist

But when we were the old lady, our experience wasn't documented, and didn't lead to an online retirement fund fundraiser that has grossed $500k and counting.

Info from the human kickstarter 4 her 'retirement fund'?

I’m not sure if this has already been brought to everyone’s attention or not, but here is the deal:


Above is a video of a 68-year-old bus monitor named Karen Klein being verbally harassed by a group of middle schoolers on their way home from Athena Middle School in Greece, New York. Throughout the ten minute video, you can hear the kids verbally berate the woman, calling her a bitch, fatass, poor, ugly, and various other words of the like. At one point in the video, you can hear one of the kids yell, “You’re so fuckin poor you fat ass,” in which Karen responds, “I try to live by some of these words, I try and it’s really hard,” referring to the words on her purse. Now, I don’t know about you, but that broke my fucking heart. There’s even a point in the video where one of the kids touches Karen’s arm in an attempt to make fun of her. I’m not sure why these kids would want to bully a senior citizen to tears, but I feel we should do something, or at least try.

She doesn't earn nearly enough ($15,506) to deal with some of the trash she is surrounded by. Lets give her something she will never forget, a vacation of a lifetime!

Link to the school’s website: http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/athena-middle.cfm

Bus number: #784

School’s fax number: (585) 966-4039

Principal of the school’s E-mail address: David.Richardson@greece.k12.ny.us

Staff E-mails & Other Links:


I rlly only have questions.

Have we all been this woman?
Are these kids 'actually being funny' [via dark]?
Should we applaud these tweens for IRL Bullying instead of cyberbullying?
Do u think this woman is 'an ass hole' IRL?
Does no1 deserve 2 be 'bullied' or does every1 deserve 2 be bullied?
Do ppl think that there has been 'vengeance' [via paying her money]?
On paper, is she 'bad at her job'?
Do u think these kids are 'the smart kids' in class or 'the dumb kids'?
Do we all want 2 feel like we belong?
Do all kids say mean stuff abt physical traits of the teachers and superiors who they don't respect?
Is this video the #darkest piece of content on the internet?
Are tweens inherently evil?
Do these tweens put on a great display of riffin' and vibin'?
Do they bring up legitimate concerns abt her health and standing in life?
Are we all trapped in society?
Do we all just deserve 2 live a life where we are all told that our shit doesn't stink?
Were there any moments in this that were actually 'comedy gold'?
Were u able 2 make it thru this whole video?
Would u get made fun of by a group of tweens 2 bank $500k +?
Do u legitimately feel bad 4 ppl who commit suicide due to bullying?
How much money does a bus monitor make per year?
Does this just show that tweens only care abt class, status, material things, and vanity?
Are the tweens parents really 'at fault'?
Should these tweens be waterboarded/executed?
Do u feel sad when the bus monitor cries?
Are school buses naturally places where we deconstruct class?
Are these kids 'poor' bc they ride the school bus home [via public school class status]?
Do lamestreamers on the internet 'feel like beter people' for donating to random ass causes like Kony, the bus monitor, and other random shit?
Is bullying 'just part of life'?
Should we stop wasting tax dollars trying to eliminate bullying?
Do u believe in social darwinism?
Should the kids on the bus be celebrated as 'free speech heroes', especially for 'saying it 2 her face'?
Were we all 'bullied'?
Were u a 'a bully'?
Did u 'fit in'?
Did u say rlly mean things abt ppl evr?
Where do tweens learn to hate the poors and the fats and the olds so much?
If u r socially aware, can u instinctively find the poors/less fortunate and either actively 'feel sorry for them', 'ignore them', or 'bully them/taunt them'?