It has been three days since the YouTube video of 68-year-old bus monitor, Karen Klein, being tormented by a group of students went viral. As of Friday afternoon, the video has been viewed over 4 million times and has made Klein and those who bullied her the subject of national headlines. Klein has appeared on Fox News and The Today Show this week to talk about the incident.
A fundraiser which began with the intent of raising $5,000 to send the bus monitor on a “dream vacation” has now collected over $449,000. In a short period of time Klein has experienced the worst and the very best of humanity, but what about Klein’s bullies?
People reports that at least three of the students involved in the incident have apologized to Klein. Police issued a statement to “Anderson Cooper 360″ last night from one student identified as “Josh” that said, “I am so sorry for the way I treated you. When I saw the video I was disgusted and could not believe I did that. I am sorry for being so mean and I will never treat anyone this way again.”
Another student involved in the incident, “Wesley,” spoke about how angry he would feel if someone had acted that way towards a member of his family and said “I feel really bad about what I did. I wish I had never done those things.”
“Wesley’s” mother also released a statement for Klein saying, “I am embarrassed, angry and sad about the awful way he treated you.” Klein says she is relieved by what she has seen of their parents’ responses so far. One father, Robert Helm, came to visit Klein yesterday to apologize.
“There’s no excuse. And we’re going to get to the bottom of that, but it really broke my heart and I shed a lot of tears thinking about that whole thing and I just want you to know that my family, all of us, are deeply saddened by this whole thing and we’re going to get it right,” Helm said. The boys and their families have received death threats, a fact that Klein says concerns her.
Despite the cruel actions of the children, Klein does not want to press charges. Instead she would like to see them perform community service or lose the privilege to use the school’s bus system.
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