I’m not a bleeding heart, but I’m not out for blood.
The Karen Klein bus monitor saga fits into a disturbing pattern of vilification without redemption. It goes like this: Someone does something wrong. The story spreads like wildfire through social media. People are outraged. There’s endless news coverage. Pretty soon, Public Enemy Number One is getting threats. No punishment is good enough. No apology is good enough.
We live in a rush-to-judgment society that has no patience for facts and no need for forgiveness. We need to feel control, so we call for laws. We need an explanation, so we blame bullying and parents and society. We need to feel superior, so we say our children would never participate in something so ugly. Of course, we would never, ever make a mistake ourselves.
This isn’t a story about demon kids from Greece. This is a story about how easy it is for children to get sucked into mob behavior and how hard it is for anyone to intervene. I don’t need to know their punishment. I don’t need to see them hauled into court. I don’t need to hear their apology. These kids will never, ever forget what happened this week and will undoubtedly pay a heavy price.
The only person who seems ready to forgive is Karen Klein, who doesn’t want the kids prosecuted and doesn’t believe they are bad people. Let’s learn from her example.
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