By Caitlin Connelly
Kids can be mean, and nothing is more telling of this than the (now-viral) 10-minute video of an elderly bus monitor from New York being bullied by a group of cruel middle-school students.
The video, which was originally posted on Facebook and later uploaded to YouTube, shows 68-year-old Karen Klein crying as she is being taunted about her weight. The bullying became more hurtful when the students mocked her late son’s suicide. To date, the heart-wrenching video has been viewed more than four million times.
Yesterday, the Globe and Mail reported that Max Sidorov, a 25-year-old nutritionist from Toronto watched the video and immediately went online to raise money for Klein.
“I really felt for Karen because I have some experience myself with bullying,” Sidorov said.
The money was originally intended to send Klein on a vacation, but now that the sum has reached over $500,000, she will have enough to put away for her retirement.
Klein, who is also a former bus driver, has said that she hopes that the parents of the bullies see the video and talk to their kids about being more respectful.
In the meantime, a statement from the Greece Central School District confirmed that four students participated in the incident and promised that the students will be punished.
What are you thoughts on the video? What would you do if you were the parent of one of the bullies?