Karen Klein is the 68- year-old bus monitor who is the unwilling star of a viral video (below) showing her being insulted and mocked by 12-year-olds on a school bus.
The video, which was uploaded to the internet by one of the mockers using his iPhone, has provoked an outpouring of indignation at the cruel conduct of the kids, with attendant pronouncements about the death of responsible parenting and how this younger generation has no respect for anyone. Meanwhile, Ms. Klein has been the beneficiary of one of those spontaneous outbreaks of generosity from people who won’t give to cancer research or to help feed the poor, but for whom the sight of an elderly woman weeping is just too much to bear. Over $500,00o has been raised online as a “vacation fund” for the former bus driver.
That’s a lot of money, I submit, to give to someone for not being able to do her job. Vacation fund? She was already on vacation, as far as I can see. Hearing radio callers talk about the video, I expected to see hormonal freak 12-year old thugs with five-o’clock shadows intimidating a waif of a woman. No. These were just kids, that’s all. Rude, undisciplined, mean kids who should be permanently banned from riding school buses and whose parents should be sent to remedial parenting school, but still kids, misbehaving toward an adult with authority because the adult was acting like a weak, passive slug, and has no more idea about how to supervise kids than she does about how to backstroke to Madagascar. The video shows a woman who just thinks she has a cushy job requiring nothing more than sitting and riding, never received any training, and doesn’t have the ability, wit, initiative or skill to shut down a bunch of little creeps who are acting out.
Fire her. Discipline the people who hired her. Use the video to show how not to be a bus monitor. If she performed the job she was hired to do, the taunting wouldn’t have happened: she was the adult, she was the monitor, and she was 100% responsible for allowing what happened to happen.
The people who are giving her money are rewarding irresponsible conduct and ineptitude, and you know, we have enough of that in the schools already. Let’s reward teachers who cry when students misbehave, and police officers who cry when the bad guys shoot at them, and Presidential candidates who cry when they are heckled! On the other hand, let’s not.
Let’s hire people to supervise our children who are capable of doing the job required of them.
Spark: Chris Plante
Source: New York Times
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