Sunday, December 09, 2012

Bullying, Racism Are Alive & Well In Greece

  
A Facebook friend brought the video shown below to my attention. Another blogger "Davy V." says he has tried to get media attention brought to it. He also claims that Greece police ultimately arrested and charged one Greece teen connected to making the video and posting it to the victim's Facebook page.

If the video and what has been written about it are all true (and I have no reason to doubt the authenticity at this point) then our town has a very long way to go before we get any handle on the insensitivity, racially-charged and violent attitudes our youth are showing to others of all ages, races and backgrounds. What a sad commentary for our community at this time of year. 

Just as Davy V. has already asked, where is Karen Klein's anti-bullying group when this kind of behavior is still going on in the Twon of Greece?

WARNING!!
WATCH THE VIDEO ONLY AT YOUR OWN RISK & DISCRETION!!
Video contains hate speech, racial slurs, swearing and other difficult to listen to verbiage.


The "victim" in this video is teen Alex Hare, an African-American. A hoodie given to him by Noel Parcells was a gift he received before Noel & her sister were killed by their father in a widely reported murder/suicide . A group of other teens ( Shawn Petrilli, Nick Robare and Amanda Farabella) apparently stole the hoodie from Alex, then made this disgusting video as they burned it, threatened to urinate on it ... all while calling Alex the "N" word and worse. How odd is it that the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Group is nowhere to be seen in relation to this incident that's happened in Greece NY.



THE HARES SEEK JUSTICE IN RACIST-BULLYING CASE (GREECE, NY)

WHAT: Press conference

WHO: Michelle Hare (Mother of Alex Hare), Family, and Supporters

WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM

WHERE: 207 Tremont Street (Suite 110), Rochester, NY

WHY: To demand justice for the Hare family, especially for 16-year-old Alex Hare, the latter of whom was publicly subjected to blatant, vicious, threatening, racist, bullying behavior by three white teenagers from Greece, New York.

Alex's mother, Ms. Michelle Hare was quoted as having said: "I don't understand the difference between the bullying that happened to Ms. Karen Klein, 6 months ago in Greece, New York, and what happened to Alex recently, also in Greece, New York. I don't understand how the bullying against Ms. Klein drew international attention, and netted her nearly one million dollars, but no one, including the anti-bullying foundation that Ms. Klein has established and mainstream media, wants to deal with what happened to my son. This cannot stand. It will not stand."
   

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is really depressing What kind of town has greece become

Anonymous said...

this kind of crap happens in every town in the country. Its terrible and should not happen but dragging in the Klein foundation is a stretch. She and the foundation are expected to resolve and prevent every instance of bullying? I don't think so. And if every bullying incident make the news, there would be no time for any other news. My opinion? All Mama Hare wants is a crack at the same kind of money KK got.

SCATS said...

To 8:53PM ~~ Yes, we certainly can't expect her to interrupt her traveling tour around the globe as she enjoys the gift of a retirement for NOT doing her job ;)

Anonymous said...

where's my money?

destined for love said...

momma hare... is me, and no post has been made to sites for donations. A child that lived with me was murdered, these kids desicrated something sacred to us willfully, her sweatshirt that she gave my child, my child who carried her casket at age 14. I was with Noel's mother when she, my son and I all saw this video together at the same time and to hear the screams that escaped this distraught mother's mouth will be as etched on my brain as long as the phone call saying, "Noel is Dead." I contacted no media, nor advocates. I have been the one being contacted and the one making sure the details are correct, for instance, the shirt was left inadvertently at amandas home at a time when my son and her were friends when we lived in Greece. My plate was entirely too full before this happend and my desire to assist in helping the community comes from years of volunteering in the city of Rochester with youth programs. I am no stranger to sweeping the sidewalks while my own back yard is a mess. it saddens me just as much to see the cyinicism of adults as it does the lack of humanity in too many youth. It is time to be accountable, expect accounatbility from our young people and be the village raising our kids. I have raised 5 alone, 3 with autism, 1 of wich is completeing her first semester in college this week. And they have consciences. What are the two parent middle class homes' excuses? The Klien foundation, by my understanding from reading in my, oh so much spare time, was contacted to see if this would spark some interest and help determine what initiatives need to be made. And I have seen that many feel that none have been made as of yet. My exclusive goal is to help others and improve my planet. People who choose to work non-profit for their careers are not generally greed oriented by nature. Last night after a meeting at my home, I went out to bring donated used clothing and furniture to 3 women expecting babies that have no means to get as much as most could for thier babiesn because I know need, and it makes me a giver not a taker. And my associates are all like me, so to be so jaded, anonymous, means that you have run into more than your fair share of selfish people and hope that something will happen in your life to restore your faith in human kind, orrrr, take this teachable moment I am trying to impress on my son, guilt by association, we become like those we associate with, choose more positive peers and confidents mr. or ms. annonymous.

Anonymous said...

I am confused after reading 9:31 post. So Nicole and her mother lived with Alex's family? And Alex and Nicole were good friends? I thought Nicole was only 10 or 11 years old. .. I am also confused as to why Amanda would take the sweatshirt if she and Alex were friends and why all the hatred toward him if they were friends and what was the significance of burning the sweatshirt that was the 11 year old girls. Seems that the fact that the sweatshirt doesn't really have anything to do with it and that Amanda had a issue with Alex for whatever reason. I don't see how the mom can compare this to the bus incident. One stemmed from a woman not doing her job and this is kids behaving badly which is a reflection of their lack of parenting skills and supervision. There should not be any payday for Mrs. hare, there should not have been one for Mrs. Klein. So I certainly hope that is not what she is hoping to get by holding this press conference.

Anonymous said...

8:55-Only a cynical a**hole would make such a cruel comment! Shame on you.

Davy V.'s said...

I will not hide my name like Anonymous did. My name is Davy Vara, better known as Davy V. For the art 17 plus years I have been an activist against injustices such as police misconduct and corruption. You can Google my ame 'Davy V.' to see my work. Greece, NY has seen scandal after scandal in the last few years. And this case, which I broke on my blog, when NO local news media cared to report on it, is YET another example of a very disturbing, dark side to a town which was not long ago ranked as one of the 'safest' communities in the country. As far as Klein's Foundation, it is a scam. Not only were they not interested in this incident of the Racist Bullying video, but they have turned over complete control including of their finances, to an individual out of NYC who has worked with Publishers Clearing House and who is turning Klein's incident into a one making machine even selling iTunes on their site and music CDs. In addition they are putting together music tours raking in tens if thousands of dollars per show. When I asked for ther financial statements which by law, ALL non profits MUST SHOW to ANYONE, Klein's daughter told me I'd ave to ask the director who again, is in NYC. How ironic that a Foundation started by a woman who received over $700,000 DOES NOT care about a Racist Bullying video made in her own town! She duped a lot of people who donated a lot of money.

SCATS said...

I have seen nothing to make me believe that any sort of money grab is intended here folks. So with that in mind, let's keep the focus on the real issue at hand: the deplorable behavior exhibited by these kids.

SCATS said...

To the person who thinks using the "N" word is just name-calling ~~ Your comment will not be posted. This is 2012 where there's this little thing called a "hate crime" and this video may well be designated as such. If that weren't bad enough, the idea that the victim did what you allege is entirely unsubstantiated even by your own admission.

Anonymous said...

Davy V is just as racist as all the other people he wants to criticize. Have you read his blog at that so-called newspaper he works at? Why even allow him the opportunity to rant his own personal racist comments SCATS? He needs no more ammunition.

Anonymous said...

Klein did not dupe anyone. The video was posted by the bullies, it went viral before she even knew about it, the money was donated- she asked for none of it. All she did in this whole debacle was sit on her ass and listen to a bunch of punks make fun of her. What happened after that she had no control over. She asked for nothing. Where was the 'duping'?

Anonymous said...

unless it's black to black, because then the 'N' word is perfectly acceptable.

SCATS said...

To 11:08AM ~~ Klein DUPED the TAXPAYERS OF GREECE who paid her to do a job (i.e. monitor a bus of students) that she CLEARLY FAILED TO DO.She should have been FIRED and asked to return her salary, benefits, etc.

SCATS said...

To 11:03AM ~~ There's nothing "racist" in his remarks made here. That's all that I control. He has brought to light an incident that needs to be addressed with this group of teens. It appears to have worked. Now that people have read about it here, it was the top story on the noon news @Ch 10.

To 11:10AM ~~ That's a cultural acceptance by a minority that I don't control and don't agree with.

Anonymous said...

There is some legitimacy to the Klein Foundation. Clearly, her Board felt that this project did not meet with their agenda. That doesn't make her a fraud. If you check out her website there is guidelines for submitting a project. And just because they don't want to use the proper channels to submit Davy's project doesn't make the organization racist. Shame on you SCATS for falling prey to Davy V.

Anonymous said...

This seems to have hit the airwaves Channel 8 had a small story on it along with a statement from Chief Baxter on the 12 noon news. Maybe other stations are picking it up too

SCATS said...

To 12:14PM ~~ I've "fallen prey" to no one. After the video was brought to my attention by a Facebook friend, I decided to take action to get this story covered in media the way it needs to be. Davy V. just happened to have already tried to help the victim. I'm happy, pleased & proud to announce that like 12:18PM points out, today the story IS NEWS ;)

destined for love said...

Her name is Noel, not Nicole. And she has no voice though her memory was a target. She had an admiration for my son and were very close because Noel's mother and I were. As for Amanda having the shirt, it was inadvertently left at her house at a time before that friendship went sour.

Anonymous said...

So why are there only 2 or fewer african american officers on GPD? Can Baxter answer that? And why are there no female investigators at GPD? Can he answer that too????

Noel's Mom said...

1) No one in this situation is looking for any money. This is about justice for Alex. An apology and accountability from these 3 teens.

2)You can defend the little hate mongers in any way that you wish but riddle me this? What type of sick humans dare talk about a murdered child turning in her grave?
People talk about grandparents turning in their grave, but not children, especially not murdered children. I hope that you never lose a child to violence because there is no getting over it.
So I am going to say this once, YOU KEEP MY INNOCENT DEAD CHILD'S NAME off of your vile, filthy, licentious forked tongues. Period.

SCATS said...

To 2:08PM ~~ Thank you for that correction. Just so you are aware, I can't edit a comment. I can post it or not. I can post it, delete it & repost under my name an edited version, but try to avoid doing that.

To Noel's Mom @ 3:19PM ~~ Believe me, I do understand that & I won't permit a continuation of what these twisted kids started.

Anonymous said...

So again we have to ask...where did the parents of these hateful kids go wrong?

Anonymous said...

Racism is a two way street...black people are the biggest racist out there and its completely accepted by society! My child has been called a "cracker ass" or been refered to as " a honkey" at his school more times than i can count. I'm sure all these meetings about racist behavior that are being planned because of this video wont mention the rediculous amount of black on white racism that occurs daily in the Greece schools.

Anonymous said...

7:19 thanks to your brillant insight I now know that the real problems with race in America are due to centuries of black racism. Glad you straightened that our for us.

Anonymous said...

Its not about what happened centuries ago its about what's happening now. My point is that these kids were wrong in what they did no question about it. The boy was arrested and charged with posting the video. What more do you want? Black people use racial slurs all the time including the forbidden N word...but that's OK...no need for a community event ....a white person says it and we need a summit on racism in Greece?

SCATS said...

To 11:33PM ~~ In the bigger picture, there were NO redeeming qualities to the posted video, and that just so happens to include the racial slurs. Also, if a woman calls another woman a b*tch,it comes across differently than if a man calls a woman a b*tch. That's just how things are. I think it's been that way within various minority groups for decades. Think about it ... Italian to Italian ... Hispanic to Hispanic ... and so on.

Anonymous said...

tremont street?? sounds like a city address to me. Maybe this kid should have been going to the right school in the first place.

SCATS said...

To 10:54AM ~~ That was the office where a press conference was held, not anyone's home. Nice try though. And by the way, I believe I read that the one boy had moved out of Greece. We're not exactly a welcoming community due to people like YOU ;)

Anonymous said...

Davey V never heard of you fortunately. You and Scats make a good team when it comes to flushing my town down the toilet. Maybe you are in reality one and the same.
It's people like you that do a disservice to this town with your Red neck mentality and likeness.under the guise of being a do gooder What a joke!!!

Anonymous said...

What did 10:54 say that was so "wrong"?

SCATS said...

To 12:06PM ~~ The Tremont St address I posted was for the location of A PRESS CONFERENCE held yesterday, NOT the address of where any of these kids live. The previous comment was trying to tell us (inaccurately) that "this kid" was stealing services from GCSD.

SCATS said...

To 11:41AM ~~ Once again, the short-sighted "shoot-the-messenger" attitude from people like YOU only serves to keep Greece deeply entrenched in its severe dysfunction. The disservices done to this Town are done by those who CREATE THE HEADLINES, not the ones who report on them ;)

Anonymous said...

Look! You think that these incidents just happen in Greece. If you do you are DEFINATELY setting up house keeping under a rock.
These incidents happen in other towns and school districts all the time, The only difference is that the media targets Greece because of this loud mouth site that blows the HEAD LINES out of proportion therebye creating more controversy. Other towns are content to be aware of the problems and take measures to insulate themselves and let the proper authorities deal with the problem instead of telling THE WORLD about their towns problems
The local media outlets laugh their collective A. S off at how easy it is to stir up the local Greecers .Just ask one of them as I have on several occasion s

SCATS said...

To 2:39PM ~~ Re: " Other towns are content to be aware of the problems and take measures to insulate themselves"

WTH does THAT mean? I think you mean they BURY it, right? Well it's about damned time we start to OPENLY DISCUSS, DEAL WITH & RESOLVE OUR MANY PROBLEMS! Sweeping them under a rug NEVER works, doesn't change anything. It just allows us to do it all over again ... just as in this case. 6/20/12 ~ "Victim" Karen Klein video
11/23/12 ~ Victim Alex Hare video

Maybe YOUR kid or grandkids can be next ;)

Anonymous said...

I have wet to read one constructive suggestion by anyone including you on how to deal with our problems that are not just unique to Greece.
All I read is a lot of bitching, hot air, baiting and bashing of public officials and a recent celebrity .Only once did I read a comment by one well meaning guy who made a very intelligent and well thought out suggestion only to be shot to pieces by the Scats minions.
I agree, there are many problems in this town that need to be addressed and fixed. To my way of thinking , most of the problems are fixable short term. The solution takes place in May and November when as owners of this town, us residents, get to begin to make changes by way of our voting power and not the impact, if any, by comments on this blog.

SCATS said...

To 6:11PM ~~ How's that working for you? Seems to me that DESPITE elections, Greece remains in the headlines. Bullying of a bus monitor, bad cops plying 18 yr. olds with alcohol, racist/threatening videos, hockey brawls leading to charges, purse snatchers ... Again, SCATS doesn't create the news. we comment on it ;)

Anonymous said...

Look, the problems that you talk about are the problems of a culture in a total state of decay. This problem is not confined to our town. The moral decline of our society is a national disgrace country wide. No, this does not work for me nor should it for anyone trying to live and raise a family given the sorry state of the societal illness that is destroying the very fabric of that which separates the human race from all other inhabitants of this planet.
No, the power of the vote will not have a direct impact on cultural issues. However, it would be a good place to start by electing leaders willing to take the necessary steps to put the brakes on this out of control train wreck before we become an anarchist nation of out of control lawlessness and indifference toward our fellow man.


SCATS said...

To 2:37PM ~~ You overlooked the fact that many of our "leaders" are as imperfect as the people you are complaining about. It takes a liar, at the very least, to be a successful national political "leader" otherwise they can't get elected.

Anonymous said...

Scats I disagree. It didn't work for Romney.

SCATS said...

To 4:14PM ~~ Because Romney told the TRUTH ;) The liar is our Prez. If you don't believe me, educate yourself FULLY on what happened in Benghazi. Here's an article to get you started:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/12/12/Chaffetz-Benghazi-State-Dept

Anonymous said...

You should work for Fox NEWS.?? LMAO just another republican looser in denial. Get over it.

Anonymous said...

Oh crap. It was such a good discussion for a change... that is, until Scats took 4:14's bait, and we got launched into another senseless debate about "NATIONAL politics."

SCATS said...

To 6:31PM ~~ I think the word you might have meant was "loser" ... but then maybe not lol

To 7:09PM ~~ And what did you do to steer it back to the subject matter you prefer??

Anonymous said...

SCATS if you disagree with Obama you are also considered racist. Didn't you know that?

And if you disagree with Romney you are anti Mormon.

And we won't even get started on the firemen.

SCATS said...

I see your point, 3:32PM ;)

Come to think of it, I'm pretty much anti-everything lol

Anonymous said...

scats, that's what we've been trying to tell you! (grin)

SCATS said...

To 8:30PM ~~ Thanks for restoring my faith in the fact that there's always someone willing to take the bait ;) lol

destined for love said...

hi there, one the quote was from the man who wrote and published the press release. 2, I moved my family from Greece to a farming community in rural Brockport (where the police headquarters bear my family name due to a very honoured late police chief who was my great uncle here) to get away specifically from the girl behind this trouble and the other troubles she caused prior. 3 noel the deceased 10 year old who's property was destroyed in the video was my express interest. her grandmother, now deceased, was the one who initiated contact with the news to defend her late grand daughter. she was ailing and the news asked noel's mother, raechel, to be interviewed. she had been through enough after her child's death made national headlines. she asked me to do all I could to defend her child's memory and at the very least bring public shame to the tyrants who dared defile her little girl's memory. it was the combination of racism, and internet videos but mostly how they violated this mother's need to peacefully remember her daughter and grieve without poorly raised Greece teens thinking they are all islands. to me it was never about defending my son, if he was the target I would have instructed him to ignore these people and block all communication. Noel's mother and I saw the video at Raechel's house together the first time, and if you saw her reaction and had a human heart, you would have done anything to ease her pain too. my role was to help a grieving mother for if she never knew me nor my son, these scum bags would have never used her child's death as some sick tactic no matter what shade of grey lie or truth from those 3 or my son... I owed Raechel and Noel this. I felt responsible for bringing her this pain. unlike those 3 kids and their parents and supporters. they may never accept accountability nor shame, but they are shameful signs of the time and who is going to fix this epidemic of entitled uncompassionate, non empathetic teens?