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

Image: Examiner

Organize Your Closet With the Help of a Phone App

You can use your iPhone to “favorite” looks from a fashion show, so why not be able to do the same thing with your own closet?  Our online retailer of the week, TouchCloset, makes it happen.

Launched late last year, the mobile style app focuses on helping users organize what they already own, rather than search for and acquire new stuff.  Just snap a photo with your iPhone camera, or upload an image from an album.  Next, tag it with various information — category, color, name, and brand. Once you have all that information in, just start creating and naming outfits.

You can also use the app to, say, pick out clothes to pack for a trip — which means, theoretically, you can start getting organized for a vacation from your office desk. Meanwhile, a “shop” feature allows users to browse retailers and add items to a wish list, though the e-commerce side certainly takes a back seat to the app’s management tools.


The program also lets you easily flip through all your saved items, the way an iPod scrolls through album covers.  When out shopping, that particular aspect could come in handy — you’ll never accidentally buy a repeat item again.  The only downside to the app, we think, is that it’s a hefty $9.99.  However, that only emphasizes TouchCloset’s role as a unique personal organizer and not a vehicle for e-commerce.

While Cher’s 90s-era closet might still be a pipe dream, ten bucks seems like a small price to pay to have a pictorial catalog of all your clothes at your fingertips.

Source: The High Low

Image: Touch Closet