Karen Klein Receives Apology From School Bus Bullies

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Karen Klein, the school bus monitor who was verbally abused by a group of Upstate New York middle school students, has received an apology from two of them.

The statements of apology were written to Karen, but have also been released by police, likely in hopes of quieting threats of retribution against the teenagers.

One letter, by Josh (last name withheld), says: "I am so sorry for the way I treated you."

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"When I saw the video I was disgusted and could not believe I did that. I am so sorry for being so mean and I will never treat anyone this way again."

Fellow bully Wesley (last name also withheld), meanwhile, said, "I feel really bad about what I did. I wish I had never done those things."

"If that had happened to someone in my family, like my mother or my grandmother, I would be really mad at the people who did that."

Karen Klein, 68, was driven to tears by their 10-minute torrent of words (below), but said she feels bad for the kids who bullied her as well as their parents.

She does not intend to pursue further action, saying the kids are being punished enough. According to CBS News, all have received death threats.

Sympathetic viewers of the viral video set out to raise $5,000 for Klein to go on a dream vacation ... and ended up receiving $140,000 in donations.

Klein's reaction to the overwhelming support? As she told NBC News, "I get chills."

UPDATE: Klein has now received $440,000 in donations. Truly amazing.

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Those little punks ass thugs should get their ass whipped - obviously have great parents - probably over indulgent helicoptors.

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As an executive, I encourage the employers of the parents who's children were involved in the Karen Klein incident to thoroughly review these people's positions and workload. A possible demotion may be required as they are clearly not spending enough time raising their children and maybe spending too much time at work.

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That is disgusting their parents must be so proud to have such ignorant children

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Thats so disturbing. Future serial killers right there. Todays youth are so CRUEL and disrespectful well not just our youth either. People today are just mean. That poor lady. I hope she realizes that shes not some ugly fat troll but that she beautiful and strong. And hey i sweat like a pig its a normal thing!

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Continued. I feel it is silly to consider this a one-time thing instead of looking at it as the broad and multi-layered issue that it is. This woman was obviously bullied by this group of children. Why would someone sit there and film it and not do anything about it when they knew they would get caught? Why did the bus driver not pull over and kick every single child doing that off the bus? Why is this still such a serious issue among children and youth today? Giving this woman money doesn't stop the problem. It won't stop the issue of bullying, even if it does in this case. Other situations of bullying are very serious and ongoing and need our attention and resources, too.

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I hate to say this, but I don't understand why this seems to be a special case simply because it's an adult being bullied by a group of children. Many people are bullied for many different reasons, and it's never ok. It's never right. Look at this situation: these children are young teenagers- the most harsh, hurtful things are said during this time. I would say that high school is the worst part of some people's lives because of the bullying they receive from peers during this time. People change schools, people move out of state, people become home schooled, people commit suicide to escape from it.

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Fuck those little spawn of first cousin marriage! They need a good old fashioned switch beating and their parents who allowed this behavior before this even happened need to get ass fucked by an 8 dicked walrus!!

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These kids need do community service work.

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That's great that there are so many people in this world who are so giving and kind. Those kinds were so obnoxions! She needs way more then just a apololgy! Maybe they should do some volenter work or something as there punishment. Also all of those kids should talk to her in person not just write a letter!

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Shes gonna go all out on vacation :) good for her!! P.s I dont think those kids r really sorry :|

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