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6 years ago

Hi Barb and Mary. That sure was an ordeal for this woman. But don't things happen in a strange way sometimes? Those wretched-mouthed, mean-spirited, disrespectful boys will most likely NEVER do anything similar again, they are probably shunned by others, and their parents most likely are having to live this down.

And, this woman gets to do some very special things with all the money that was raised for her! She most likely will NEVER have to be a bus monitor again.

It brought the BEST out in people... when good people see an "underdog" and someone being hurt or pushed around, they react with humanity, and I'm sure feeling good about that.

Hopefully many other young people (bullies) have learned a lesson here.

6 years ago

Hi Cheryl and Lynn and Barb that was such an ordeal for that poor woman but at least she knows she has a lot of support now 

6 years ago

That poor lady!  Those kids are just terrible with such awful language!  Isn't there anything she can do to stop them?  They kids were saying they wanted to stab her.  They should be punished!  This isn't ok what they are saying to her.  It's awful!

This post was modified from its original form on 23 Jun, 22:13
6 years ago

I just saw this on the news. The father of one of the boys gave her a hug and was very genuine in his apology. "We're going to get to the bottom of it" he said. Almost $600,000 has been raised for her, the funds request started by a caring young man in Toronto, never believing it would get to this amount. The money was to send her on a nice trip somewhere!

THERE'S LOTS OF REALLY GOOD PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD. It is a good thing that one boy (not involved) captured the whole event. It was meant to happen and be a learning tool for many.  

6 years ago
Bullied bus monitor thankful for support, pleads for threats to stop

All bullied bus monitor Karen Klein wanted was an apology. Now she's getting that … and then some.

Police say the four boys who tormented the 68-year-old on a school bus in upstate New York earlier this week have taken responsibility for their actions. The students are also saying they're sorry.

"I feel really bad about what I did," one said in a statement to CNN. "I wish I had never done those things. If that had happened to someone in my family, like my mother or grandmother, I would be really mad at the people who did that to them."

Another said, "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."


June 23, 2012
6 years ago

The more incidents of vicious bullying and how it affects its victims brought to light, the more chances we have for change. I bet the four grade 7 boys who tormented this woman are seriously wishing they hadn't after the aftermath of going viral.

Are Kids Getting Meaner? Video of Karen The Bus Monitor Raises Questions
Fri, 22 Jun, 2012 2:29 PM EDT

The story of Karen Klein, a 68-year-old bus monitor who was tormented by a group of young bullies in a video that went viral earlier this week, has become a conversation point for many, particularly those who work in bully prevention.

The video, that shows four Grade 7 boys taunting Klein to the point of tears with insults and names, has garnered so much outrage and sympathy from the community that a fund set up by Torontonian Max Sidorov to send Klein on a "dream vacation" currently stands at a whopping $500,000 dollars, reports the National Post.

Watch the video of Klein and the bullies below:

Perplexed viewers of the video might wonder why the kids behaved the way they did. And parents, in particular, might wonder how to prevent their children from behaving the same way. Should this video be used as a teachable lesson? And how do parents deal with children who participate in this kind of assault?

Read the rest:
There are more videos on the right side regarding this. Right now I feel CRAZY ANGRY and fearful for all women, especially older women who look more defenseless. If they were all on the street doing this, God knows what would have happened.



6 years ago

signed its so sad lokking at all those innocent faces whose lives were cut short or tortured thanks for highlighting Cheryl ;Lynn and Barb

6 years ago

Thanks so much for signing, Lynn. Bullying has gone on since "forever" but it has been escalating in violence in the last decade or so. Our kids are killing themselves because they can't take the pain -- mental and physical.

From everything I've seen so far about the movie/documentary, it MUST be seen by all kids so they can search their own hearts and stand up and be counted on when necessary. There are some people in the school systems that refuse to recognize and do anything about it, even turning the blame on the victim. I PRAY THIS RATING IS CHANGED.  

6 years ago

Signed PG13 petition. Thank you, Cheryl. This is such a terrible, heart wrenching situation that is going on. The movie should definitely get a PG13 rating so that alleged bullies can see what damage they do to the children to whom they are bullying.

6 years ago
MPAA: Don’t let the bullies win! Give ‘Bully’ a PG-13 instead of an R rating!

Why This Is Important

I’m speaking out for all those students who suffer every day at school.

When I was in 7th grade, a few guys came up behind me while putting my books in my locker. They called me names and asked me why I even bothered to show my face at school because no one liked me. I ignored them because I was scared of what else they might say and who else they might tell if I stood up to them. When I went to shut my locker, they pushed me against the wall. Then they slammed my locker shut on my hand, breaking my fourth finger. I held back tears while I watched them run away laughing. I didn’t know what to do so I stood there, alone and afraid.

I just heard that the Motion Picture Association of America has given an “R” rating to “Bully” -- a new film coming out soon that documents the epidemic of bullying in American schools. Because of the R rating, most kids won’t get to see this film. No one under 17 will be allowed to see the movie, and the film won’t be allowed to be screened in American middle schools or high schools.

I can’t believe the MPAA is blocking millions of teenagers from seeing a movie that could change -- and, in some cases, save -- their lives. According to the film’s website, over 13 million kids will be bullied this year alone. Think of how many of these kids could benefit from seeing this film, especially if it is shown in schools?

If enough people speak out and ask the MPAA to give Bully a PG-13 rating, maybe we can get them to change their minds. Will you sign my petition to the MPAA asking for a PG-13 rating instead of an R?

See more and video:

7 years ago

Thanks Barb. My heart aches for the kids today. Although there has always been terrible meanness/bullying in schools, I don't think it has ever been as bad as nowadays with cyberbullying being included as ways to "torture" others. 

Jamey's parents attended a vigil where many caring people turned up, but across the street there were a few that yelled, "We're glad he's dead." WHERE DOES THAT DEPTH OF HATRED COME FROM?! The schools need active participation as many ignore the bullying they know is happening, but some schools are setting up programs and having speakers. Changes can't come too soon!

"...nine Massachusetts teenagers were charged following a long bullying campaign of a 15-year old girl that led to her suicide. According to the investigation, the bullying of this young lady was common knowledge to most of the student body and to certain faculty members, staff and school administrators. School policy was poorly enforced, leading to this tragic outcome.

A kid is bullied every 20 seconds in Canada. Every day in the U.S., an estimated 20,000 students don’t go to school because they are afraid."


In a federal lawsuit, the parents of Eric Mohat (age 17) allege that their son committed suicide after being tormented by bullies at his Mentor, Ohio, High School. They say the school knew about the bullying and failed to protect their son.


On April 16th, just after school, Jaheem Herrera, a Georgia boy who had also endured relentless homophobic taunts at school, wrapped a fabric belt around his tiny neck and hanged himself as well. He too was only 11 years old. His 10-year-old sister found him.

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Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, 11

Birth: Apr. 17, 1997
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USADeath: Apr. 6, 2009
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA

"Earlier this month [April 2009] the suicide of a Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover — who suffered taunts that he was gay — attracted national attention.

He was also 11. His mother found him hanging from an extension cord in the family’s home."

"There are several entities that failed these children, including their parents / guardians, the school administrators, the teachers, friends and parents that apparently let this abuse continue.

Breakdown in formal and informal support at schools is a pervasive problem that persists and continues in many schools and institutions. We need to get involved and do more to save more of our youth from relentless teasing and bullying. There are just a handful of local programs like Kidsbridge who teach diversity appreciation, conflict resolution and character education to elementary and middle school children.

A committed nationwide effort is sorely needed."


"Every year in the UK...

  • over 19,000 children attempt suicide - one every half hour
  • there are over 2 million visits by children to GPs for emotional and psychological problems
  • suicide is now the Number One cause of death for 18-24-year-old males."
7 years ago

Thank Cheryl I will pray for kids facing this cruelty.

7 years ago



Jamey left a YouTube message shortly before his death, saying... "It Does Get Better" in his attempt to help others.

PLEASE READ THE SPECIAL COVERAGE ON CNN and other programs regarding bullying. We are losing too many young people and some have referred to suicide among teens as "an epidemic."


Please Help us win $50,000 - in memory of Andrew VanHorn
8 years ago

Please vote for Andrew's Adventureland in the Pepsi Refresh Everything Grant Contest. You can vote everyday during September 2010. VOTING LINK: then search for Andrew's Adventureland or Amy Peterson


"Andrew's Adventureland Memorial Playground" is being planned in memory of my beloved 11 year old son, Andrew VanHorn.

On July 13, 2009, Andrew went outside to play with friends. About 45 minutes later, when -for the first time ever- Andrew failed to check in on time, my husband went looking for him and found his lifeless body in the empty field a block from our home.

The last person seen with Andrew is a known bully whose recollection of what happened dramatically changed with each retelling of the story. The detective assigned to the case told us the bully was totally lying, but didn't feel he could push the issue simply because the bully's parent said that he was ‘not allowed’ to ask any more questions. We were shocked… more questions are asked regarding a stolen car than were asked about what happened to my beloved boy whose life abruptly ended. The sadness related to the tragic way that he died is overwhelming.


You can read the story that a local newspaper wrote shortly after Andrew's death here: then go to Andrew's Page

You can e-mail me at

8 years ago

"Bullycide in America"

In Loving Memory of Jared Benjamin High

September 23, 1985 - September 29, 1998

8 years ago

In Loving Memory of Megan Myers, Target of Cyberbullying

 03/30/1993 - 09/26/2007


8 years ago


Please turn up your speakers and listen carefully to the words in this song: Don't Laugh At Me

Don't Laugh at Me (Peter Yarrow)

8 years ago


"No amount of pink shirts is ever going to make some of them feel better. What will help is each of us having the courage to stop bullying when we see it happening. We truly can be the difference we want to see in this world. And when we stop wearing rose-coloured glasses, we will — it’s long past time to banish the bullies."

8 years ago

phoebe   candle

Rest in Peace, Phoebe Prince

Teens Charged in Phoebe Prince Bullying Case Get Death Threats

Friday April 16, 2010 07:30 AM EDT

A defense lawyer is calling for calm after death threats have been made against teenagers charged in the death of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide after she was allegedly bullied by schoolmates.

"Not to minimize what happened to Phoebe Prince in any way, but translating this into death threats and public harassment has got to stop," says Colin Keefe, who represents Sharon Chanon Velazquez, accused of tormenting Prince, who hanged herself on Jan. 14.

"It's gotten way out of control," adds Keefe, who says Velazquez has been driven temporarily from her home.

Indictments against six teenagers were announced late last month, including felony counts against three 16-year-old South Hadley, Mass., girls who will be tried in juvenile court. Last week, prosecutors detailed the allegations against the defendants in court papers.

O'Keefe declines to comment on the specific allegations, saying any comments could hurt the defense. But, he believes, "Public opinion will change drastically when the full story is out."

A lawyer for co-defendant Austin Renaud, 18, who is charged with statutory rape but not with harassing the Irish immigrant prior to her suicide, says his client has been "vilified."

"He's an 18-year-old kid who's scared to death of his future," says attorney Terrence Dunphy.

Also, a woman mistaken for a relative of defendant Kayla Narey received a barrage of threats after Narey's name surfaced on the Internet. And Darby O'Brien, who has served as a spokesman for the Prince family, and the school superintendent Gus Sayer, have also said they have received threats in recent weeks.

Calls to South Hadley police regarding the death threats were not immediately returned.

See what other readers have to say about this story – or leave a comment of your own

COVER STORY: Why Was Phoebe Prince Bullied?,,20361466,00.html

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