Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor who received national attention this week after a video surfaced online, said today that she did not accept her verbal attacker’s apology.
“I think they can do better.”
Klein was verbally harassed by a group of middle school boys in New York. When the video surfaced online last week, Klein received an outpouring of support (more than $500,000 has been raised on her behalf) and sparked anger throughout the country.
The some of the boys apologized to the bullied bus monitor earlier this week. One of the boys said:
“I am so sorry for the way I treated you. When I saw the video I was disgusted and could not believe I did that.”
“I wish I had never done those things… If that had happened to someone in my family, like my mother or grandmother, I would be really mad at the people who did that to them.”
But apparently Klein wants more. According to TMZ, Klein isn’t ready to forgive the boys yet. She is, however, amazed by the outpouring of support she’s received and said that she’s already thinking of ways to spend the money she’s received.
ABC reports that the boys involved with the incident have been receiving death threats since the video went viral.
Robert Helms, father of one of the 13-year-old boys who harassed Klein, said:
“You’ve got to remember. He’s a thirteen-year-old kid. It was a stupid mistake and he’s paying for it.”
What do you think about Karen Klein? Are you surprised that the bullied bus monitor story has gathered so much (money) attention? Do you think she should forgive the boys that have apologized to her?