Bus Monitor Ruthlessly Bullied By Middle Schoolers

A profanity-laced video of middle school students in upstate New York verbally abusing a bus monitor is sparking an outpouring of support as strangers worldwide rally to her side.

Students taunt Karen Klein, 68, with a stream of profanity, insults, jeers and physical ridicule in the back of Bus 784. The bullying continues unabated for about 10 minutes in the video, as a giggling student jabs Klein’s arm with a book. Recorded by a student with a cell phone camera on Monday — the students’ second-to-last day of school — the brazen example of bullying went viral and spurred international outrage. The incident occurred in Greece, New York, near Rochester. Klein is a bus monitor for the Greece Central School District, and the harassers hail from a district middle school, the school district said Thursday on its website, although it did not identify Klein.


Greece Police Capt. Steve Chatterton said Thursday that a juvenile must face a felony or misdemeanor to be charged in family court, while harassment only qualifies as a violation. CNN’s “AC360″ received statements Thursday from two of the accused middle schoolers, as well as the father of a third student, in which they apologized for their behavior.

The video prompted an outpouring of support and a fundraiser by international crowd-funding website indiegogo.com that had gathered more than $388,000 by 9:15 p.m. Thursday. The site says she earns about $15,000 a year as a bus monitor. Indiegogo’s Max Sidorov said the video struck a chord with him because he had been bullied himself. Feeling sadness for Klein, the first thing that popped into his mind was to raise enough money “to get her away from that environment and get her on a vacation somewhere.”

While saying that she wasn’t inclined now to push for criminal charges, Klein did say she wanted the four middle school boys punished. She gave a few disciplinary suggestions — like being banned from the bus and athletic activities, or possibly community service. But most of all, the grandmother of eight said she wanted to make sure they don’t bully anyone else.

What would YOU do if you were bullied in the same way as Klein was?

Source: CNN

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Mom Sues NYC for $900 Trillion for Placing Kids in Foster Care

A Staten Island mom is making national headlines today after suing the city of West Brighton for $900 trillion, alleging the city improperly placed her two children in foster care.

The $900 trillion figure, first reported by the New York Post, certainly is staggering and the standard response so far has been to treat the lawsuit as something of a joke, focusing on the mother’s alleged mental illness. But I have to agree with the Inquisitr’s Kim LaCapria, who says plaintiff Fausat Ogunbayo is actually quite clever in choosing to sue for $900 trillion. After all, how many people would be reading about this story and discussing Ogunbayo’s plight had she quietly filed her petition without seeking monetary compensation?

Of course there’s no way she’ll get a settlement remotely approaching that number, if she is awarded anything at all. After all, the entire U.S. has an annual gross national income of just over $14 trillion. Or, put another way, if Ogunbayo was awarded $900 trillion she’d have enough disposable income to pay off the U.S. national debt several dozen times over.


Ogunbayo sued the city and the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), alleging that both entities violated her and her children’s civil liberties by placing them in foster care in June, 2008. The city has not responded to Ogunbayo’s lawsuit but contends that she is mentally ill and unable to properly care for her two boys, who are now teenagers. However, the state Appellate Division recently threw out a family court finding that Ogunbayo was guilty of neglecting her children.

Ogunbayo is representing herself in the case.

Source: Yahoo News

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