|She is not alone in her shabby treatment, sadly|
|These students can lay their hands on her as|
a joke, but a teacher in Florida can't hit a
much larger student leaning on her,
insulting and cornering her.
So many parents are disturbed by the video, as they should be. But, to the parents such as Mr. Helm who cannot imagine their own, darling angels ever acting in a similar way, let me tell you, if you have ever questionned a school employee on a story told to you by your child, then your child does act in exactly this manner. They argue with their teachers, with their deans, and with their assistant principals, as if they have some authority in the school decisions and in the consequences of their actions. They contort stories until they are unrecognizable when recounted by the indignant parent to the beleaguered administration. They taunt their classmates who are weaker, they disobey the requests of the staff, and they show outright disdain for people like Mrs. Klein who keep them safe on buses, cook their food, and clean up their messes. And they do so because you believe them when they tell you that the teacher picks on him or her for no reason, or that the other student hit them for no reason. Yes, when you side with them and their incredible tales, and go to Parent Teacher conferences seething with hatred for the evil school teachers that, in your mind, plot and scheme against your child, believe me, your child is exactly like those bullies on the bus. And it is precisely because you side with your child and blame the teachers and other staff members that your child is like that. Really, Mr. Helm, where did Wesley develop such facility with profanity and ugliness? It certainly didn't sound like Wesley's first, awkward attempts at bullying by calling someone a poopyhead, dingleberry, fatty, four-eyes or a doodle: these boys were talking about cumming in her mouth! Did you really have no clue your child was capable of this?
|Too bad Brandon Teng|
isn't a teacher, or he'd
lose all rights for doing
something like this.
People like Mrs. Klein take this nonsense from children all day, every day. Bullying involves power imbalances, whether real or perceived, and obviously, the bullies in this situation know that they have the upper hand, because Mrs. Klein would lose her job if she reacted or retaliated. The fact that she didn't return the insults, didn't smack anyone, and didn't even report this, shows how common such scenes have become. Rather than change the behavior of the children, the adults have to simply tolerate it as part of the hazards of the job. Those boys were touching her, for God's sake, and still, for Mrs. Klein, it was just another crappy day surviving her crappy job. It is a noble job, and she is a noble woman, but the work she does and her gracious demeanor deserve better than to be insulted by a bunch of entitled, cowardly, foul-mouthed jerks. Karen Klein, I salute you and others like you. The pendulum has swung waaaaaaaaay to far on the side of the children to our, their and society's detriment. It will come back around, though. It has to.
Oh, and as for protecting the identities of these miscreants, their names are Wesley Helm, Josh Sleasak, Tyler Warren, Brandon Teng and Luis Recio. Let it be written now and forever what they have done, so that it follows and haunts them for the rest of their lives, for perhaps then they will know remorse. And maybe, feeling shitty about their disgraceful actions will help them finally become better people than they were raised to be.
EDITOR'S NOTE: There is an anonymous comment below asking me to remove Tyler's name from the above list. The fantasy that is being told as to why he should not be blamed has a few logic holes in it. First of all, it was another bully who first named him, and as all of the other boys have issued "apologies", shouldn't they have mentionned this other, equally damaging <sarcasm>, injustice? Okay, we've established that they're cowardly liars, so I'll cede you this excuse flaw. Second, "we" took him to the police station, "as Tyler is the only person involved with this incident that was wrongly accused" - well, how the heck do you know that if he supposedly wasn't on the bus? Did he talk to the others? If so, shouldn't he have asked them to clear his name? And, "we" is in quotes, because earlier in the retelling of this delusion "we" was referred to as "Tricia Warren". And, finally, there is a legal defense fund to "clear his name" (how one goes about doing that, legally, is a problem I'll leave to the lawyers), not, as one would expect in such a horrible falsehood, defamation of character. I could go on, but let's just leave the Swiss cheese statements stand on their own flimsy legs. I'm sorry, but these Greek parents are an embarassment. Earlier, Luis Recio's father felt obliged to put this exculpatory phrase in his official apology: "Like Luis said, if your friend says to bully somebody, please don’t do it." It's not Luis' fault, he is just another innocent child, just like Tyler! In an interview, Luis was asked "Did you say anything mean to her while you were recording?", to which he eloquently responded, "No, not nothing, probably like oh you're fat, or nothing", so we must assume that he conveniently forgot saying "Imma f******g take a crap in your mouth" to Mrs. Klein. The reporter quotes Luis as saying "all he told Klein was to give him back his yearbook." There is no way he truly believe this, nor does any other viewer of the video recording that refutes his statements, but I'm sure his mother does, and this is what I'm talking about, Greek parents. You may believe your son, Mrs. Warren. I do not.
Oh, and I was right, it was NOT their first time bullying.