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bus-monitor-bullying-videoKids Bully Bus Monitor to Point of Tears.

Bullying has been in the news left and right, sparking movements against bullying and even a movie. However, this story of bullying in the news was especially disturbing to many people. In mid June 2012, someone uploaded a video to Youtube that they saw on Facebook of a group of middle school children bullying their bus monitor to the point of tears with highly offensive words. Both bullies online and in real life settings haven’t been getting off so easily lately, though, as the public decided to take action when they saw the unsettling bullying video.

What Happened in the Bus Monitor Bullying Video?

In the bus monitor bullying video, 68-year-old Karen Klein was called fat, ugly, poor, etc. by a group of middle school children. The bus bullies taunted her nonstop through the ride, even touching her at some points. Karen Klein occasionally replied to them, but otherwise waited for the torture to be over. One student even said that she had no family because they all killed themselves because they didn’t want to around her- a comment that was especially painful because her eldest son had taken his own life 10 years ago, she said. The middle school bullies also asked for her address so they could harass her further.

Campaign for Karen Klein- The Bullied Bus Monitor

The only bright side to this bus monitor bullying video is that the public has taken action. Once the bullying video was posted on Youtube, Indiegogo’s Max Sidorov saw it and, being a bullying victim himself, was so affected that he decided to raise money for her on indiegogo.com. He originally planned to raise enough to send her on a vacation, but the amount raised after just a few days- almost $500,000 at this point, and growing quickly- is enough for her retire.

Stop the Bullying

Bullying in school seems like it has been a problem for such a long time, but there are some steps you can take to prevent it. The statistics on bullying show that it’s a significant problem, and bullying and children seem to go hand-in-hand. Consider these bully prevention tips to help those who could be getting bullied.

  • Talk to your own children or any that you know about bullying to help them understand what is bullying and the effects bullying can have on people.
  • Encourage these children to seek help if they’re getting bullied, and show them how they can.
  • Speak out if you see bullying, and encourage children to do the same.
  • If you’re a teacher or work in a school, talk to your students about bullying.
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