Bullies Who Bullied Grandmother Bus Monitor Receiving Threats Via Twitter and Phone Messages
The bullies who were captured on video tape bullying a 68-year-old bus monitor and grandmother have had the tables turned on them, with many of the kids now receiving anonymous threatening messages.
Greece police Capt. Steve Chatterton told Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle newspaper that officers have bumped up patrols around the boys’ homes for their safety.
“We have a cellphone of one of the boys and he’s received more than 1,000 missed calls and more than 1,000 text messages threatening him. Threats to overcome threats do no good,” he said.
Even the staff at Greece Athena Middle School have received thousands of hate e-mails decrying the actions of the four boys.
“I cannot condone the vigilante justice that some are calling for,” the school’s assistant superintendent Deborah Hoeft said.
“We all need to take a step backward and look at the way we treat each other.”
But bus monitor Karen Klein of upstate New York continues to take the same high road she did when kids assaulted her with verbal taunts and is asking that the threats against her tormentors stop.
Klein has received national attention and the issue of school bullying has come to the forefront thanks to the video seen worldwide of school bus riders taunting Klein.
Most of the students have come forward and apologized for their disrespectful behavior.
Meanwhile, two days after the video went viral, a fund was created for Klein by a Toronto man, money he hopes she’ll spend on a vacation.
“I felt deeply sad for Karen,” said Max Sidorov, a 25-year-old nutritionist and graduate of York University. “I had some issues with bullying myself when I was a young kid and had just come to Canada, so I know where she’s coming from.”
With the help of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, over $500,000 has been raised so far.
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