GREECE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Students were caught on camera terrorizing and harassing a school bus aide, reducing the 68-year-old woman to tears as she bravely withstood their verbal assault.
The ten-minute video was taken on a bus carrying Greece Middle School students and shows the kids saying vile things to Karen Klein, a bus driver who retired to become a bus aide because her hearing was failing.
"You fat [swear word]. Yeah, you're fat dude. You're so fat you take up the whole entire seat," said one student.
The video was posted to YouTube. You can watch it in its entirety below. But we caution viewers that there is strong language and it is very difficult to watch the non-stop onslaught of taunts.
Watch the full video below:
Klein responded after the news broke, saying, "There was nothing really that I could do about it. You can't hit the kid. If you yank the phone out his hands then you get in trouble."
At one point, a student starts playing with Klein's arm and poking her with a yearbook. If that's not enough, they also threatened the elderly woman.
"What's your address so I can come piss all over your door?" said one student.
Another said to Klein, "How about I bring my [swear word] knife and cut you?"
The 68-year-old grandmother of eight tried to get them stop, telling the students, "Unless you have something nice to say, don't say anything at all."
To which one student responded, "How about you shut the [swear word] up?"
Some of the most disturbing comments came when the kids were making fun of Klein's purse.
In the video, you can hear students saying, "Did you get that purse on layaway?"
To which other students respond, "No, she got it in the [swear word] garbage can at Walgreens. Probably got that from the Dollar Tree. [Swear word] Family Dollar, but you don't have a family because they all killed themselves because they did not want to be near you."
It's those comments that stung Klein far deeper.
"Something about me being so fat and ugly your kids should probably commit suicide," recalled Klein. "I don't think they knew that my son had."
The school district has brought in police to investigate.
Greece Central School District Asst. Superintendent Dr. Deb Hoeft said, "We urge patience to allow us to investigate and determine the appropriate discipline."
Klein said, "They need to realize, write about, think about, read about the effects that their behavior can have on other people."
The investigation didn't start until the release of the video. So why didn't Klein take action?
She explained, "It's almost the end of the year. If I write referrals, it's not going to do any good. It's the end of the year."
Klein added, "I hope the kids learn a lesson. No guarantee that they are."
She says she has no plans to retire.
There is an online campaign to raise money for Klein to send her on a vacation. Currently, it states over $80,000 has been raised.
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