So by now, a lot of people have heard about the taunting of the school bus monitor. If you haven't seen the video, it's something to see.
You had some 7th grade students absolutely tormenting the hell out of this poor overweight old bus monitor. They insulted her and taunted her till she started crying and beyond.
Four New York seventh graders whose bullying of a bus monitor grandmother went viral on YouTube have been suspended from school for a year, a school district official said on Friday.
The students will be sent to a non-school facility where they will be tutored academically.
They will be required to complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens and will receive formal behavioral training, according to a statement from the head of the Greece Central School District in upstate New York.
The YouTube cellphone video, which has been viewed more than 7 million times, shows four young teens lobbing vicious insults at 68-year-old Karen Klein, bringing her to tears.
The incident occurred June 18th. The video was posted to YouTube on June 20th and public reaction was swift.
Disney offered Klein a trip to Disney World in California and Southwest Airlines volunteered to pay for flights for Klein and her eight grandchildren. She was also given a free week-long vacation to the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort in Florida.
An online appeal for donations to Klein topped $650,000 earlier this week.
Television couldn't get enough of Klein this week. She appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" and NBC's "Today" on Thursday morning, and with Anderson Cooper on CNN and on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" later Thursday.
In the 10-minute video, entitled "Making the Bus Monitor Cry," the students taunt Klein, a widow, mercilessly.
At one point, a student tells Klein "you don't have a family because they all killed themselves.
"They don't want to be near you!"
Klein told NBC News she does not know whether the students were aware that her oldest son committed suicide ten years ago.
The four students involved, whose last names have not been released, do not face criminal charges. Their families have agreed to allow the school district to publicly announce the results of an internal investigation.
"Each of the students involved admitted wrongdoing, accepted the recommended consequences and agreed to permit the district to publicly release the terms of the disciplinary action,'' Greece Central School District Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams said in the statement.
I think that the punishment of these kids is even more barbaric than what the kids did. Suspended for a year? So what happens to them? No school for a year? Set back for a year? Permanent damage to their ability to get into college and permanent career damage because they taunted a fully grown adult when they are 13 years old? We treat murderers and rapists and people who attack prison guards with more mercy than these kids. When did people start sticking their heads up their asses?
When I was in high school, a girl I knew was slashed across her face about 7 times with a box cutter, permanently disfiguring her face. THAT was some violence. THAT was an outrage. I knew another kid who got randomly cut on the back of his neck with a box cutter. Again, that's something that you fuck somebody up for, not because they INSULTED a FULLY GROWN ADULT for 10 minutes. Give me a fucking break. People need to stop this demagoguery bullshit. If you're going to be hardcore, then let's start putting some murderers on death row; otherwise get the fuck out of my face.
This incident is NOT a big deal. It's really not. Again, I've given examples that are actually a big deal. Fair punishment? 3-6 months: each Saturday the kids has to spend 4 hours doing work at a retirement community. That's fair. More importantly it's sane.
Lastly, I will say that given the cruel and unusual punishment these kids are receiving and given that I did see one Asian kid in the video (as I recall), I believe that racism against the kids could be at play here.