Karen Huff Klein, a 68-year-old bus monitorÂ bus monitor for the Greece School District in Greece, N.Y., is receiving an outpouring of support after a ten-minute video of her enduring vicious bullying while watching over students on a bus ride homeÂ was uploaded to YouTube.
In the video, which was uploaded to YouTube by a concerned third party who found it on Facebook, Karen Klein endures an awful, profanity-laced comment after another from a group of male and female students during a bus ride, reports MSN BC.
Mrs Klein is seen trying to ignore the endless taunts and cringe-inducing epithets from the students, and wipes away tears after several particularly scathing comments.
She was a bus driver for 20 years and has worked as a bus monitor in the district for the last three years. Her duty is to ride in the bus with students to make sure that they behave themselves on the route to and from school.
The students abandon any civility in the video as they taunt her calling her â€œan elephant,â€™â€™ and saying they will egg her house in addition to numerous unprintable slurs and comments.
Karen KleinÂ has been a widow for 17 years, has lived in the same town she grew up.
Klein is hearing-impaired and did not hear all of the taunts when they first happened on Monday before seeing everything in the video Wednesday morning at the districtâ€™s bus garage.
Mrs Klein said laterÂ that the ride on Monday started out as any other day. “Everything started out as usual,” she said. “I donâ€™t know what happened.”
She told a local television reporter that a taunt that particularly hurt was when one student said, â€œYouâ€™re so ugly, your kid should kill themselves.â€™â€™ Klein said one of her sons committed suicide 10 years ago.
At one point on the video, Mrs Klein turns to the teens and says with arms folded: “Unless you have something nice to say, donâ€™t say anything at all,” writes Daily Mail.
“I was just trying to ignore,” she later said in the interview. “Iâ€™m hoping they would go away, but it doesnâ€™t work.”
According to The Huff Post, under pressure from the local community, the Greece School District and Greece Police Department are now launching investigations into the incident,Â telling that the children involvedÂ will “face disciplinary action.”
The school officials said that the bus driver and students who were on the bus during the incident had been interviewed.
The students involved will be forced to attend a meeting with their parents, lawyers, and the school superintendent.
But any disciplinary action would be taken in September because school is done for the year. None of the students were identified by the district because they are juveniles.
The school district urged people not to act rashly, saying in a written statement: “Although their behaviour was inexcusable, we also have concern for the safety of all involved.Â We urge patience to allow us to investigate and determine the appropriate discipline.”
Counterbalancing the viciousness of the students an online fund-raising has been created in order to give Klein her vacation of a lifetime after watching her endure the abuse.
The fund-raising effort already had raised over $115,807Â for Klein, who earns $15,506 a year at her bus monitor position.
While the bus monitor is most certainly thankful for the striking generosity of strangers, she said that there is one thing that would really make her happy â€“ an apology from the four students that turned an ordinary afternoon bus route into a nightmare.
Klein also says she wants to return to her job, but on a different bus.