If you hear the word “Greece” in the news these days, most people think of the financial issues in Europe. That changed earlier this week. A 10 minute video went viral that showed middle school students from Greece, NY verbally abusing a bus monitor. Three things immediately came to mind.
- These kids obviously have no respect for adults. I was never the “perfect” child but I had the ideas of “yes ma’am”, “please” and “thank you” instilled in me since birth. I don’t even want to think about what my parents would have done to me if I was on video participating in this stuff.
-Technology is everywhere. I doubt the person holding the phone thought their video would get hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube. They probably didn’t even think it would leave their circle of friends. Think before you do or say something because someone is always watching. It is very hard to get writings, photos or videos back once they are out in public.
- This is one of the strongest women I have ever seen. Her ability to sit quietly and ignore these immature children is remarkable. Sitting in tears on a bus while being ridiculed by 12 year olds – not what you imagine when you go to work. I hope this woman can leverage her experience to write a book and begin speaking to others about “turning the other cheek.” She has a great gift and many people can benefit from learning it.
What do you think should happen to these kids? Interested in helping out the bus monitor? You can make donations to help her go on a much-deserved vacation!