The New York school bus monitor who was bullied relentlessly and driven to tears by four middle school students is getting apologies from some of the boys.
The bullying was depicted in a 10-minute, profanity-laced video posted to Facebook by one of the boys Monday.
Now, after their cruel treatment of Karen Klein, 68, went viral, two of the boys and the father of a third implicated in the harassment have issued apologies to Klein via statements to police in Greece, N.Y.
“I am so sorry for the way I treated you,” one of the students named Josh said in statement. “When I saw the video I was disgusted and could not believe I did that. I will never treat anyone this way again.”
Another student, Wesley, said he feels “really bad” about the incident.
A father of a third student said, “I would like it if he could do some work for you or help you in some way,” in a statement to police. “I am embarrassed, angry and sad about the awful way he treated you.”
In the video, four students taunted Klein with a tirade of verbal insults and physical ridicule that included one comment from a boy who said Klein does not have family because “they all killed themselves because they didn’t want to be near you.”
Klein said her son committed suicide 10 years ago.
The video has sparked disbelief among public viewers and anger targeted at the four students, noted Capt. Steve Chatterton of the Greece, N.Y., Police Department. “Their families have been threatened. Their brothers and sisters have been threatened,” he said at a press conference Thursday.
The same video has also sparked mass compassion for Klein – much of it financial.
More than 21,000 strangers have logged on to Indiegogo.com, a website devoted to raising money for various causes, and donated more than $450,000 to a campaign called “Let’s Give Karen – The bus monitor – H Klein A Vacation!”
“Never have we seen a campaign raise this much money this quickly in less than 36 hours,” Indiegogo.com CEO Slava Rubin told NBC News.
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