Children of the Corn – 2012

By now, you’ve probably seen or heard about Karen Klein, the school bus monitor, who was verbally attacked by a pack of feral teenagers.  This story reminds me of a Stephen King story about mutant kids who believe anyone over 18 should die.

Growing up, if I or anyone in my school had done something like this, we would’ve had our mouth washed out with soap sometime before or after a good beating with a belt.

Mrs. Klein, a widow, who has chosen not to prosecute these predators, is a far better person than I am.  If it were me, I would pursue every means possible to punish these misfits if for nothing else but to get them the psychological counseling they so obviously and desperately need.

You don’t need to be a mental health provider to know these kids are seriously disturbed.  My first thought was that they were soulless, but from a strictly religious point of view, I believe they have a soul.  But those souls are so depraved, so blackened, so vicious, and so lacking in any humanity, it actually may be too late to save them.  Having spent over two decades in the area of child welfare and abuse, my sense tells me to look to their parents and home life to see how they were raised to exhibit such cruelty to another human being.   As I said, these kids are in need of some serious therapy.

And Dr. Brian Russell, attorney and psychologist, agrees with me.  “… While I’m glad to see the country coming out so strongly against bullying, I think:  1) this particular woman clearly should never have been put in the bus monitor position with these particular kids, and 2) the parents of the kids involved have mental-health emergencies on their hands.  They need to get those kids to shrinks, perhaps get them to church, and most importantly, get them immersed in some intensive, value-centric structure and discipline immediately.  Kids who take pleasure in causing the kind of suffering that these students caused this woman have proverbial screws loose in their brains, and if people like them make it out of childhood with those screws still loose, it’s likely to be bad times for them, and for those with whom they come into contact, in adulthood.  If such loose screws ever tighten up post-childhood, it tends to be only after people get hit — literally and/or figuratively — very, very hard by life.”

If any of these kids were mine, I would hand him a 2-month supply of Vitamin D today because he wouldn’t see the light of day until the first day of school.  Forget about iPads, iPhones, iPods or Xbox games or television or whatever else fills these kids’ heads with violence that creates this type of depraved indifference to another human being.  He’d be writing an apology to Mrs. Klein, to the school and to the community, in general, asking for their forgiveness for his vile behavior.  (So far Mrs. Klein has refused to accept their apologies.)

If I were in charge of the school bus, I wouldn’t even allow these kids back on.  If it was inconvenient for their parents, I’d say, “Well, ain’t that too bad. Deal with it.”

If I were Empress of the World, I’d have a Wall of Shame on each and every school in the nation next to the Honor Roll.  At AthenaMiddle School, I’d make sure their photos would be at the top of the board on day one of the next school year.  In my world, these kids would be shunned and their behavior would be reflected in their school file.

If you have the stomach to actually watch the entire video, the sickening, vulgar words spewed at this 68-year old woman go way beyond any “school prank” or “they’re just being kids” rationale.  I’ll bet this same type of behavior was evident in their school which, in today’s culture, is completely impotent to deal with this conduct.  If the parents condone this language in the home, then there’s something wrong with them as well.

This malevolent behavior has always been around.  Cruelty to animals is a common behavior in children and adolescents who grow up to become the next serial killers or other violent criminals.  But here, we’re talking about cruelty to another human being.  I suggest these parents get their children to the shrink and Church as soon as possible or we’ll be reading about them in a true crime book one of these days.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Donnaeturner

    These kids don’t need any more psychology.  Nobody alive needs anymore psychology.

  • John

    Were I to have been a parent of any one of those little monsters, most likely I would have used an more strongly caustic agent than just soap in their mouths. Were I to have BEEN one of them, I have no doubt that some justifiably angry adult would have strangled me with my own tongue.

    As it is, having been the victim of bullying myself, I know exactly how powerLESS the victim feels. Doing nothing only encourages the behavior; trying to defend oneself against bullies only makes matters worse…for the victim.  Perhaps it would be cruel of me to say so, but perhaps the parents should be disinhereted from the society in the same way those little monsters should be disinherited.

  • SouBelle

    Reminded me of some kids receiving therapy I recently saw on a bus. One was wearing a T-shirt that read (You Think I’m Weird; You Should Meet My Parents).  Was really sad to see such despicable behavior from some of our young people these days. God Bless Ms Klein for being so brave. Glad it all worked out so good for her!!

  • Roger Ward

    I’m ambivalent about what their punishment should be.  On the one hand, a good whipping with a strong leather belt seems in order.  On the other hand, I did a lot of crazy, stupid stuff when I was young, so I don’t really want to get medieval on them.  (Granted, my crimes didn’t involve this level of cruelty to another being.)  Enough equivocating …. let me go find a good leather strap.

  • Chief98110

    I am torn on this story. Part of me would like to see these kids take
    the place of animals at the local pound slated for termination. On the
    other hand it’s just a matter of time before they enter the criminal
    justice system that has been a source of steady income.
    On a serious note these mutants need some serious help and it may already be too late.  

  • Count_E_Limerick

    No Wisdom of Athena for these twits to Twitter,
    Corn Kids hurling insults when they have time to Fritter,
    They want an Omnibus Bill,
    Monitoring widows to kill,
    While they evolve from Homo Sapiens to critter…

  • Ron F.

    The choice as to whether to prosecute the predators should not be Mrs. Klein’s.  If a crime has been committed, the state should still prosecute the children.  The state has enough evidence from the videos.  The only thing I disagree with is Dr. Russell’s contention that Mrs. Klein “clearly should never have been put in the bus monitor position with these particular kids”.  Unless there were prior cases of discipline, why shouldn’t a person of her age be a monitor on a bus?

    • ph16

      Depends on whether we’re talking a criminal or a civil case. If you mean criminal charges, then you are correct. But civil charges would lie with the plantiff who most likely would be Ms. Klein.

      • Ron F.

        I agree but in the few news reports I heard it had a criminal meaning.  I think this took place in New York.  I do not know what New York law provides but I wish it would allow Mrs. Klein to sue the parents of the teenagers for damages and that she would actually do it.  It might be the only way the parents would learn a lesson.  I have not watched the video so I have no idea if the behavior could result in criminal charges.

        • Gray

          Thank you, Bernie and Leona.

          Knowledge and reason do help significantly to analyze this set of facts.

          Without knowledge of the then prior black letter law, including the administrative regulations and the training offered to effectuate the policies and regulations, their is clear path on which to conclude decisions regarding the school employee or the children.

          In this case, the videographer I am guessing had witnessed this type of behavior and reaction in the past and thus focuses on the adulte

  • PeterFitzwell

    These childern are simply disgusting.  My question is.  What kind of parents actually bred these little animals?