published Thursday, June 28th, 2012

SOS

"Fat A ---- ", "Oh my God you're so fat!", "Dude put those glasses back on, I can't stand looking at your face!", "You don't have family because they all killed themselves", "If I stabbed you in the stomach, my knife would ---- go through like butter, because it's all lard."

This rot, and much more, was captured on a video, posted on Facebook and YouTube, showing a group of middle school monsters taunting, mocking, cursing and abusing a school bus monitor over the course of a 10-minute period. If you search for this video online, be prepared for extremely profane content.

Karen Klein, a bus monitor for the last three years and a driver for 20 years before that, is a 68-year-old grandmother of eight who has been all over television explaining the regular abuse from these children, who obviously have no fear of discipline and no capacity to act in a civil manner on their own.

The video seen by more than 2 million viewers shows Klein wiping away tears, recoiling from pokes from a student riding behind her, and clinging to her purse as she places her back to the window to increase her line of sight.

According to interviews with Klein, this captured 10-minute occurrence was not her first instance of enduring verbal abuse by a group of boys at Athena Middle School just outside of Rochester, NY.

While volumes of literature focus on the victims of bullying and abuse, scrutiny must be directed to those who bully and choose to offset their own shortcomings with abuse.

In the journal Pediatrics, a 2005 study identified a "red flag" that a "child has not learned to control his or her aggression" and hasn't developed the capacity to empathize or show sensitivity to others.

The publication American Family Physicians noted in its medical writings that "children who bully are at risk for school failure and dropout" and have a tendency "for committing criminal acts later in life."

The Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, the 18th Edition, went on to observe that children who engage in bullying are "more likely to use drugs than those who do not bully."

Bullying and abusive behavior is not the responsibility of teachers to address. Parents, stop being your kids' "friends," stop defending their unacceptable behavior when you're called to school, stop bullying your own children who are mimicking your disgusting habits. Teach respect by demonstrating it. Demand respect. Be a parent.

Teachers and those in schools have their hands tied, as noted in Klein's comments in interviews after her abuse. She stated, "I probably would have been fired, actually," if she had responded to the boys' taunts.

The call of "SOS" is a Morse code signal of distress that calls to mind the phrase "save our ship!" Our cultural ship is sinking. No government program, no feel-good initiative will come to our aid.

The hard work of setting standards of right versus wrong, disciplining wrong-doing and rewarding the right, and having a community-wide expectation of respect is the beginning of the rescue effort.

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nucanuck said...

Does abortion prevent bullying?

Do gays bully?

Are Christians more likely to bully than athiests?

Is bullying a national government trait?

Are we a nation of bullys?

There is so much fodder for inane editorials!

June 28, 2012 at 2:18 a.m.
Lr103 said...

children emulating adults.

June 28, 2012 at 4:12 a.m.

"What's wrong for one person may not be wrong for others. Who are we to judge?"

This is what kids have been programmed to believe and tragedies like this are the result. Of course, relativists won't accept responsibility for the effects of their irrational and dehumanizing teaching about ethics. They will stubbornly turn a blind eye and plant their heads securely back in the sand. Wake up, people.

June 28, 2012 at 8:50 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Hats off to Mrs. Klein; I doubt that many of us could have endured such dubious insults and taunts without retaliation. She had the moxy to realize her unresponse in our twisted society was better than trying to defend herself. I was taught to respect whomever was in charge of me ie the adult. Obviously these young persons missed that memo. Oh.. it was never sent to them as it has not been sent to millions of youngsters across the nation. The mistrust of others and adults by teens and children has grown so much that the needed respect may never be regained. Yes, I am aware of adults who have abused and harmed children. But a bus monitor for heaven's sake...This is beyond ridiculous. If one of my children(now adults)had been on that bus, he/she would have promptly apologized to Mrs. Klein and may had mowed her yard/raked her leaves as penance. Sadly, many who are suppose to be adults(ie parents)have little more than children's mentality in too many instances.

June 28, 2012 at 9:52 a.m.
PinkSalmon said...

Awwwh shucks! these little brats are just budding little limbaughs, hannitys, becks and quite a few local adults we sometimes encounter in our everyday lives. Who would have thought?! Y'all should be so proud of what you've created in your children.

June 28, 2012 at 10:46 a.m.
PinkSalmon said...

whats_wrong_with_the_world said... "What's wrong for one person may not be wrong for others. Who are we to judge?"

This is what kids have been programmed to believe and tragedies like this are the result. Of course, relativists won't accept responsibility for the effects of their irrational and dehumanizing teaching about ethics. They will stubbornly turn a blind eye and plant their heads securely back in the sand. Wake up, people

wwwtw, I totally agree! Is America aiding and abetting future hardcore criminals with such beliefs? Some people don't think it's wrong to cheat, steal, murder, and rape. Is the individual who made that state "what's wrong for one person blah blah blah" saying it's OK for a person to commit wrongs, even crimes, based on their belief system of right and wrong? When people make such ignorant assertions I honestly don't think they take time to fully realize what they're saying. disturbing

"What's wrong for one person may not be wrong for others. Who are we to judge?"

Who said the above, by the way? I didn't see it in the article, nor any prior postings.

June 28, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.

PinkSalmon said... "Who said the above, by the way? I didn't see it in the article, nor any prior postings."

I wasn't quoting the editorial or another post. I was alluding to the default ethic that young people are taught in schools (and colleges), in the media, and, too often, by the irresponsible parents discussed in the editorial. Ethical relativists (the ones who are consistent, anyway) would see this incident as being unworthy of comment. They would see the editorialist as trying to impose his or her moral beliefs on others who happen to disagree. Relativists are, by nature, slippery and very irrational - easily swayed by demagoguery and sentimentalism.

June 28, 2012 at 3:31 p.m.
shen said...

Children behaving like adults! Well! Well! Well! Are we really shocked? Or just pretending?

June 28, 2012 at 6:16 p.m.
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