About Karen the Bus Monitor: Why Can't We Be Kind to Each Other?

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First of all, have you seen these middle school bullies?

Now, before you click that link, let me say these things:

This is not the original video. In fact, most of it is just audio since the kids in the original were minors and I’m sure there’s some sort of law.

There is lots of language, which is a lot of the point actually. A bunch of filthy mouth asshole kids who are abusing an old lady whose job is to sit on the bus and prevent bullying. So if the language offends you, not only are you reading the wrong blog…but you probably need to mentally prepare.

The video is ten minutes long. I made it through less than one minute before I was in tears and couldn’t take any more.

If you would rather not watch the video, let me summarize. A 68-year-old woman named Karen (who is a widow and a former bus driver of 20 years) has the unenviable job of riding a school bus in the name of “monitoring” the kids. Basically she’s there to keep situations from escalating and anyone from getting hurt.

In the video, she is shown sitting alone in a seat, looking out the window and trying to maintain composure whilst a crowd of truly vile middle school students call her names (“fatass,” “lard,” and “old bitch” are some of the ones I caught), call her ugly, poke her (to illustrate her “lard’), and basically be as loathsome as possible to her. When she finally speaks up to say maybe they shouldn’t say anything if they don’t have anything nice to say, she is told to “shut the fuck up” -- and that is about the time I was so emotional I had to turn it off.

I bring this up because this is real. This is what kids are growing up thinking is okay. Say anything as long as everyone seems to think you’re cool. I know that kids were mean when I was growing up -- but this mean? I can’t wrap my mind around it.

This could be my grandmother. This woman is no doubt the same age as some of those kids’ own grandmas.

It just makes me sad is all. These kids can’t all have terrible parents. Some of them have to have parents who would think their kids would never do something like this. There were undoubtedly some shocked parents when the original video went viral and sweet little Junior was highlighted on YouTube calling Grandma Karen a fat bitch.

I don’t know what I’m hoping to accomplish with this. Maybe nothing.

Please, everyone…be kind. It’s not hard. Love each other. This is just wrong.

 

@emilysteen
http://emylibef.com
I ramble a lot.

(This post will go live on emylibef.com on 6/22/12)

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