This is one of the reasons why I love the internet and feel we are fortunate to be living in these times. Sure, the internet can be used negatively, but you can say the same about most things with a social impact. But from world-wide change, Arab Spring et al, to local change via a global connection, the internet, in all it’s incarnations/apps, is an amazingly transformational tool at our fingertips.
Like you, I was appalled as I watched the video of those pathetic kids berating, harassing and disrespecting their bus monitor. I’m not a violent person, but I wanted to jump into that video and dole out a can of verbal whoop-ass, grab them by the back of their skinny necks and haul ‘em off to pay-the-piper. Then, while watching the video on television, I saw someone in the national media say, “Why didn’t she retaliate and do something about it?”
Karen Klein is 68-years old. That’s why. That’s grandmother age, by the way. Grand. Mother. It’s the age when most hope to be enjoying their retired years on some sunny beach being waited on hand n’ foot by human beings with manners and decency. And what was she supposed to do, anyway? These are nasty 13-15 year old boys. (their parents should be ashamed) There is nothing they couldn’t do to her if they wanted to. She was that vulnerable. She was scared. She was shaking. She was crying. Imagine if that was your mom. You grandmother.
Actually, come to think of it, if it were my mom or grandma, I would have thrown those ungrateful kids off the bus. One by one. While it was still moving. Then called the police to pick ‘em up roadside, one by one, and take ‘em to a retirement home where they would report to work, every single day, all summer long. Yep, all summer long while Karen is on her fabulous summer vacation thanks to those who are compassionate and caring. Better yet, it looks like she might have enough left over to never work again. Karma.