Greece, NY Teen Amanda Farabella Exposed in Racist Video

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  1. DavyV.

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    By Davy V.

    On September 5, 2011, 10 year old Noel Parcells and her 3 year old half sister Mia were murdered by Noel's father in Lake George, NY.

    New York State Troopers delivered the news to the girl's mother, Rachel Coffey that her daughter's bodies had been found along with the body of Noel's father, Adam, who committed suicide.

    Rachel Coffey had recently been awarded sole custody of her daughters in Family Court as a result of Adam's abuse of Noel.

    Coffey said she knew something was wrong when Adam did not return the girls after visitation.

    She and her mother called Rochester, NY Police on Friday September 2nd, Saturday September 3rd, and Sunday September 4th.

    Each time Rochester, NY Police refused to do anything.

    Despite Rachel Coffey begging Rochester Police officers, they refused to issue a missing persons report or Amber Alert for Noel and her sister.

    It's been just over a year since two beautiful little girls were murdered, and Rachel Coffey hasn't been the same.

    Every day a loving mother misses her children.

    Which is why a video that has surfaced out of Greece, NY is extremely disturbing.

    The video, which features at least three teens, including 18 year old Greece resident Amanda Farabella, begins with a young male looking into the camera and saying 'Hope you like your (expletive deleted) hoodie you nigger.'

    The green DC hoodie is something that Noel Parcells, gave to her best friend, Alex, who is African-American.

    Apparently, the youths got a hold of the hoodie and decided to make a video of them burning it in what is a clear case of bullying.

    The video then shows the hoodie burning, as two males and Farabella, are heard laughing and saying more racial slurs as well as mocking Noel Parcells.

    At one point in the video, one of the males lights a cigarette on the burning hoodie.

    It's interesting that the video takes place in Greece, NY, as the town recently made international news when a video of students bullying Karen Klein, a 68 year old School bus monitor surfaced on Youtube.

    Even more interesting is that one of the student's who bullied the bus monitor, has a step father who is a Greece, NY Police officer.

    I wonder what if anything, the Greece, NY Police department and Town of Greece officials have to say about this video.

    NOTE: No Rochester, NY area News Media Outlets have cared to cover this story.

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  2. DavyV.

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    Amanda Farabella
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    By Davy V.

    On September 5, 2011, 10 year old Noel Parcells and her 3 year old half sister Mia were murdered by Noel's father in Lake George, NY.

    New York State Troopers delivered the news to the girl's mother, Rachel Coffey that her daughter's bodies had been found along with the body of Noel's father, Adam, who committed suicide.

    Rachel Coffey had recently been awarded sole custody of her daughters in Family Court as a result of Adam's abuse of Noel.

    Coffey said she knew something was wrong when Adam did not return the girls after visitation.

    She and her mother called Rochester, NY Police on Friday September 2nd, Saturday September 3rd, and Sunday September 4th.

    Each time Rochester, NY Police refused to do anything.

    Despite Rachel Coffey begging Rochester Police officers, they refused to issue a missing persons report or Amber Alert for Noel and her sister.

    It's been just over a year since two beautiful little girls were murdered, and Rachel Coffey hasn't been the same.

    Every day a loving mother misses her children.

    Which is why a video that has surfaced out of Greece, NY is extremely disturbing.

    The video, which features at least three teens, including 18 year old Greece resident Amanda Farabella, begins with a young male looking into the camera and saying 'Hope you like your (expletive deleted) hoodie you nigger.'

    The green DC hoodie is something that Noel Parcells, gave to her best friend, Alex, who is African-American.

    Apparently, the youths got a hold of the hoodie and decided to make a video of them burning it in what is a clear case of bullying.

    The video, which seems to have been posted on Youtube by someone who is outraged, and wants to bring attention to what is going on in Greece, NY, then shows the hoodie burning, as two males and Farabella, are heard laughing and saying more racial slurs as well as mocking Noel Parcells.

    At one point in the video, one of the males lights a cigarette on the burning hoodie.

    It's interesting that the video takes place in Greece, NY, as the town recently made international news when a video of students bullying Karen Klein, a 68 year old School bus monitor surfaced on Youtube.

    Even more interesting is that one of the student's who bullied the bus monitor, has a step father who is a Greece, NY Police officer.

    I wonder what if anything, the Greece, NY Police department and Town of Greece officials have to say about this video.

    NOTE: No Rochester, NY area News Media Outlets have cared to cover this story.
    Call Greece, NY Police Chief Todd Baxter at (585) 865-9200

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  3. Mike

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    I moved these out of the Police Misconduct area because the fact, that one unidentified teen who is involved in racist activities related to another racist activity that's the subject of the posts in the thread and has a father who happens to be a police officer, does not constitute an example of police misconduct.
     
  4. KrazyKat

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    (Is Greece, NY near Love Canal, perchance?)
    Seriously, Rochester Police completely unaccountable for refusing to issue an Amber Alert. Incredible. Frightening.
     
  5. DavyV.

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    murdered by her father last year, have been
    identified as Amanda Farabella, Shawn Petrilli,
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  6. George

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    This post needs some TRUTH regarding this disturbing situation. Shawn, Amanda and Nick are not racist they have friends in all ethnic groups and lifestyles but that is not the point. They did however make a poor decision in the way they handled their anger and rage. The use of disparaging and offensive language is not acceptable and was directed at Alex only out of anger. Alex and Amanda were indeed friends until he wanted pictures of her vagina. Amanda refused on numerous occasions and when Alex figured he was not going to get the pictures he wanted. He would text very disgusting and hurtful comments to Amanda from his phone to hers. Yes I am sure the records exist. Shawn and Nick learned what was going on and tried to intervene and make Alex stop his assault on Amanda. Alex agreed to meet Shawn and put an end to the situation and yes there could have been a physical dispute or not but Alex didn’t show. They just wanted the texting to end. The video is a result of all that anger and not being able to resolve the situation. Dave V is advocating for Alex and I believe only wants to see more hurt in this situation which is just as sad as the video. A person can believe they are doing the right action but without all the information how can one make a concise decision? How much hurt does it take to end hurt? Be well and God bless we are all very sorry for this situation and the way it was handled. Dave it would be nice if you removed the address it can only lead to more hurt. Once again be well. This is all so sad and heavy on our hearts. Alex gave Amenda the hoodie which he bought in DC, then wanted it back after the picture and texting thing. The boys were the ones that went to return it but Alex would not meet them to get it.
     
  7. DavyV.

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    Karen Klein receives check for $ 703, 833.00


    By Davy V.

    Time Magazine has ranked it third on their list of 2012 viral videos.

    Karen Klein, the 68-year old Greece, NY bus monitor who was bullied by kids on her schoolbus, became an overnight celebrity.

    Her story made international headlines.

    A donation drive was set up for Klein, by Max Sidirov of Toronto, Canada, and boy did the money start to pour in.

    People from all over the U.S., as well as different parts of the world made donations.

    Just a couple of months later, Klein was posing for the cameras holding a check for $ 703,833.00.

    When asked what she would do with all that money, Klein said one of the first things she would do was pay off her daughter Amanda Romig's home mortgage.

    Soon after, CNN's Anderson Cooper sent Karen Klein 10 tickets to Disney World.

    Country singer Tim McGraw's staff contacted Klein to tell her that the star wanted to personally meet Klein.

    All this while Rochester, NY news media set up camp outside Klein's home.

    For days they seemed to film Klein's every move.

    All the while, the real issue -- BULLYING, was forgotten amid the media frenzy and the bright lights of news cameras wielded by paparazzi-like camera crews and reporters who spun the story every which way they could, exploiting it and sensationalizing it for ratings.

    Supposedly Klein took part of the money she received in donations to start the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation.

    Which is why I ask, why hasn't the foundation spoken out about a very disturbing racist bullying video made in Greece, NY by Shawn Petrilli, Nick Robare and Amanda Farabella?

    The video features the three teens referring to Alex, an African-Ametican teen, as a "nigger", while burning a hoodie sweatshirt that was given to Alex by Noel Parcells, his friend before she and her little sister Mia were killed by her father in a murder-suicide.

    The video which you can see below, begins with Shawn Petrilli, of 100 Whitman Rd. in Greece, NY, looking into the camera and saying "Hope you like your (expletive deleted) hoodie you nigger."

    At one point one of the teens says he is going to pee on the hoodie while at another point in the video, one of the teens lights a cigarette on the burning hoodie.

    I broke this story here on my blog.

    Rochester, NY news media outlets have completely refused to report on this story.

    I have personally reached out to the Karen Klein Foundation at least twice and left messages after listening to a voice recording by Klein's daughter, Amanda Romig who asks callers to leave a message which will be returned.

    I'm still waiting for a call.

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  8. George

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    Lets be honest here, there are a few people here trying to make this video something it is not and you Dave are one. This was not a racist or mocking video it was a video produced out of anger and rage for one person, Alex. The hoodie he GAVE her HE bought in D.C. if he is honest he will admit it but I doubt that will happen. They (Alex) put the video up to detour it from what Alex had been doing. When Alex couldn’t get what he wanted from his good friend Amanda and when the boys found out what was going on he then wanted his hoodie back. The boys went to meet him a couple times to return the hoodie but Alex would not come and get it. This is in no way a justification for what was said or the way it was handled. If anybody was bullying it was Alex who was bullying Amanda for pictures of her vagina. He texted on many occasions very hateful and hurtful texts. There was no mocking, is it possible that someone would be disgusted by the way someone was treating girls? And if Amanda and Alex were that close that doesn’t sound like a racist to me? We very much apologize for the path this video was pushed, it does not excuse Alex’s actions though. I think the media knows this and that is why Dave, you are trying so hard to make this something it is not. Please go back to film writing and stop trying to manifest one out a of a video kids made with poor judgment for one person. God bless all.
     
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    A few more posts here and I should be able to crank out a new season of "As the World Turns".

    George: I hope you realize that Davy Vary doesn't actually post here. If you actually expect Davy Vara to read your posts, you have to go make them in his own blog: http://davyv.blogspot.com

    These just arrive on a RSS feed into our Police Misconduct forum. When a poster's icon is an orange RSS icon, they're not really here.

    Anything that doesn't match the topic of the Police Misconduct forum gets moved somewhere. What doesn't belong anywhere else on our site, ends up here. Although I have a very passing interest in reading whatever DavyV adds on this subject, I doubt anyone here is going to be drawn into the drama.
     
  10. Brian

    Brian Member

    Unfortunately you can't leave comments on davyv.blogspot.com. Pretty convenient that he gets to say anything he wants and there's no way anyone can correct the misinformation he's putting out there and shed light on the lies he tells.
     
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Not my problem.
     
  12. DavyV.

    DavyV. Rochester NY Police Corruption Blog

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    Nick Robare


    By Davy V.

    After I broke the story right here on my blog, of the Racist Bullying video made by Greece, NY teens Shawn Petrilli, Nick Robare and Amanda Farabella, and working vigorously to expose this disturbing incident, including putting pressure on the Greece, NY Police department, Nick Robare has been charged.

    Robare was charged with Aggravated Harassment for posting the video on Alex Hare's facebook page.

    Alex, who is African-American, was the intended target of the teens, and the video they made.

    The video, which you can see by clicking Play below, begins with Shawn Petrilli looking into the camera and saying "Hope you like your (expletive deleted) hoodie, you nigger."

    The hoodie Petrilli was referring to, is a gift that Noel Parcells, Alex's friend, had given him before she and her sister were killed by her father, in a murder-suicide.

    I will be updating this post.


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  13. Mike

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    ^

    Locking the thread. The drama from Davy's detractors will have to play out elsewhere.

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  14. DavyV.

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    Nick Robare


    By Davy V.

    After I broke the story right here on my blog, of the Racist Bullying video made by Greece, NY teens Shawn Petrilli, Nick Robare and Amanda Farabella, and working vigorously to expose this disturbing incident, including putting pressure on the Greece, NY Police department, Nick Robare has been charged.

    Robare was charged with Aggravated Harassment for posting the video on Alex Hare's facebook page.

    Alex, who is African-American, was the intended target of the teens, and the video they made.

    The video, which you can see by clicking Play below, begins with Shawn Petrilli looking into the camera and saying "Hope you like your (expletive deleted) hoodie, you nigger."

    The hoodie Petrilli was referring to, is a gift that Noel Parcells, Alex's friend, had given him before she and her sister were killed by her father, in a murder-suicide.

    I will be updating this post.


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  15. DavyV.

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    By Davy V.

    On November 30, 2012 I broke the story of three Greece, NY teenagers who made a racist, bullying video targeting Alex Hare, an African-American teen and a deceased little girl, on my blog.

    Shawn Petrilli, Nick Robare and Amanda Farabella made the video in Petrilli's family home located at 100 Whitman Rd. in Greece, NY.

    The video features the three teens burning a hoodie sweatshirt which Noel Parcells, the deceased young girl had given to Alex as a gift.

    Throughout the video, the teens can be heard calling Alex a 'nigger', as well as making threats directed at him.

    I placed daily calls to all of Rochester's news media outlets, in an attempt to get some coverage and exposure of this very disturbing incident.

    Each time, the person on the other side of the call, whether an intern, news reporter or assignment editor, told me that it didn't sound like something they'd be interested in covering.

    I couldn't understand how, or why, especially on the Town of Greece, NY, which made international news headlines less than 6 months ago, Karen Klein, a bus monitor was bullied by students on her bus, three teenagers making a racist bullying video, which again, not only targeted an African-American youth, but also an innocent 10 year old girl who was murdered by her father, the news media wasn't interested in this story.

    But I kept on.

    I continued to report on the incident, updating my blog and spreading it on the Internet.

    Then, finally on Monday, December 10th, the media decided to report on this story.

    And at least one news reporter, began to spin the story, in a disgusting, but very well known practice, which the media known for, blaming the victim, and their family.

    I will be updating ths post.


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  16. DavyV.

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    Patrice Walsh​
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    By Davy V.

    On Friday, November 30, 2012 I returned home with my sons and my niece from the movies.

    As I usually do, I checked my emails and online messages, and noticed that someone had sent me a link to a Youtube video.

    As an activist, writer and blogger, I receive all kinds of links, tips and story ideas from people in the community.

    But this one immediately caught my attention.

    The title sad it all.

    'Greece, NY Racism, Bullying and Mocking of a Dead Child.'

    It was an 8 minute, 35 second video made by Greece, NY teenagers Shawn Petrilli, Nick Robare and Amanda Farabella, targeting 16 year old Alex Hare, an African-American teen, as well as Noel Parcells, a beautiful 10 year old little girl who was murdered, along with her 3 year old sister Mia, by her father, in a murder suicide last year.

    Throughout the video, the teens can be heard calling Alex a 'nigger', as well as making threats directed at him, all while burning a hoodie sweatshirt which Noel had given Alex.

    At one point in the video, one of the teens says he is going to 'piss' on the burning hoodie.

    As a father of three beautiful children, two who are African-American and Latino, I was more than disgusted by the video.

    And, I was disgusted to see that unlike Greece, NY bus monitor Karen Klein, whose video of her being harassed by students on her school bus was devoured by news media, who were literally camped outside her home, NO ONE had cared to give this story of bullying and racism, which occurred in, of all places, Greece, NY, any coverage.

    I immediately went to work and wrote a piece on my blog, exposing this sick, disgusting, and cowardly act.

    It didn't take long before readers from all over were reading about the incident in Greece, NY.

    The next morning, I reached out to ALL of Rochester's news media outlets, in an attempt to get some coverage and exposure of this incident.

    Whoever I spoke with, whether an intern, news reporter or assignment editor, the response was the same.

    I was told they were not interested.

    So, I kept on.

    I kept writing about the incident and continued to push the story on the internet.

    Then, on Monday, December 10th, the media finally decided to cover the story.

    A couple of days later, it was a packed house, at a news conference held in my office, where reporters and camera persons filled my small space, to hear Alex Hare for the first time since I broke the story.

    But, as the media is known to do, some reporters came to the news conference with an agenda.

    Case in point, Patrice Walsh of 13WHAM News.

    Almost immediately, it was clear that Walsh was not interested in fair, unbiased journalism, but instead, on attacking myself, and those in the community who are supporting not only Alex Hare and his family, but also Noel Parcell's mother, Rachel Coffey, who is still grieving the loss of not one, but two innocent little girls.

    In an attempt to negatively influence public opinion, Patrice Walsh insinuated that 'your group', (there is no 'group', just community activists, such as myself, supporting two families), was in some way responsible for what she referred to as 'death threats' that Nick Robare, one of the teens in the video had received.

    Robare was charged with aggravated harassment for posting the video on Alex's Facebook page, only after I put pressure on the Greece, NY Police department, who had, at first, refused to do anything.

    Interestingly enough, NO other news media reporters, or outlets, EXCEPT Patrice Walsh and 13WHAM news, reported any 'death threats.'

    Patrice Walsh pulled what is perhaps the dirtiest trick in the media business, she injected a baseless, untrue, unverifiable accusation with the intention of taking the focus off the REAL issue here.. three white, suburban teens who made a racist, bullying video.

    I can't say that I was surprised by Patrice Walsh's unprofessional and unethical behavior.

    In fact, it was her station,13WHAM News who, prior to the press conference, referred to Alex's mom, Michelle Hare on their website, as an 'Angry Mom' and station news anchorman Doug Emblidge, falsely reported that Michelle Hare was seeking financial compensation like Greece, NY bus monitor Karen Klein, who received over $700,000 after her video, which was just named by Time Magazine as the third most watched viral video on Youtube in 2012, went viral.

    13WHAM news took a statement saying that Michelle Hare did not understand why the media was treating her son's case differently than they treated Karen Klein's incident, and completely twisted it--journalistic integrity be damned.

    What is interesting is that a woman who received almost three quarters of a Million dollars, and who started an 'Anti-Bullying' foundation, refused to speak out, or in any way denounce a disgusting act which not only included bullying, but also racism, and which happened just a few miles from where Karen Klein lives.

    Click Play to hear Karen Klein's daughter Amanda Romig, the Foundation's 'Administrator' tell me they don't have time to get involved in Anti Bullying issues as they are planning a vacation.



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  17. DavyV.

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    By Davy V.

    On November 30, 2012 I broke the story, right here on my blog, of a disgusting and cowardly act.

    An 8 minute and 35 second racist, bullying video made by Greece, NY teenagers Shawn Petrilli, Nick Robare and Amanda Farabella, targeting an African-American teen named Alex Hare, and Noel Parcells, an innocent 10 year old little girl who along with her 3 year old sister was murdered by her father in a murder-suicide last year.

    In the video, the three teens repeatedly refer to Alex as a 'nigger', while threatening him and burning a hoodie sweatshirt which Noel had given to Alex as a gift, before she died.

    After breaking the story, I called every single news outlet in the Rochester area and each one told me the same thing... we are NOT interested.

    Then 10 days later, the media finally decided to jump on board and cover the story.

    At a press conference held in my office, Alex Hare spoke out for the first time, since the incident, before a packed room of reporters and news cameras.

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    Myself, Mr. Howard Eagle, who sent me the video in the first place, Alex and his mom Michelle Hare sat at the table, as the 'late to report on the story' media, asked questions.

    Two days later I led a rally in Greece, NY which started at Barnard Park on Maiden Lane and ended at 100 Whittman Rd., the home of Shawn Petrilli, where the video was made.

    Once again, noticeably absent through all this were Rochester's African-American so-called 'leaders', politicians, clergy members, and community.

    Where were the Reverends and Pastors who gather on a street corner, hold hands, sing a few songs, and say a few prayers, whenever there's a homicide, making sure the television cameras capture their best side, before running and hiding, not to be seen again until the next murder.

    Where was Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden who earlier this year led a march of over a thousand Rochesterians down East Main St. when Trayvon Martin was killed, in Florida, 7 States and over 1,200 miles away from Rochester?

    Where were all the African-Americans who were so quick to march behind McFadden?

    Where was Rochester's NAACP Chapter?

    Why didn't they speak out or denounce this act of racism in Greece, NY?

    Why is it that, year after year, incident after incident, it's me, a Latino, on the front lines when it comes to issues which predominantly affect African-Americans in Rochester?

    Whether it's denouncing the trigger-happy, corrupt Rochester, NY Police department, or in this case, racism and bullying in Greece, NY, a suburb of Rochester, why didn't any of Rochester's African-American so called 'leaders', politicians and clergy members march with myself and Mr. Howard Eagle in Greece?

    Where were they?

    The African-American community should be ashamed of themselves and their history of complacency and inaction here, in Rochester, NY.

    A city with such a rich Civil Rights history and great leaders such as Frederick Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony, who did so much and who would never condone, or approve of, African-Americans in this city simply sitting idly, and doing nothing, about injustices committed against them, whether it's RPD cops gunning down innocent African-Americans, or three white teenagers in Greece, NY making a racist video.

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  18. DavyV.

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    By Davy V.

    For many, the name Karen Klein is synonymous with that now infamous Youtube video of the Greece, NY school bus monitor being harassed by kids on her bus route.

    That video, which was recently ranked third on Time Magazine's list of 2012 viral videos, was seen around the world by millions.

    And it was that video which prompted Toronto, Canada resident Max Sidorov
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    At least 32,000 people donated more than $700,000 to Klein.

    In an interview with Rochester, NY media, which had set up camp outside Klein's home, when asked what she would do with so much money, Klein replied, "I'm going to pay my daughter's home mortgage off."

    That daughter, Amanda Klein-Romig, is the 'administrator' for the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation, which Klein started shortly after she received the money.

    Throughout this past summer, it seemed as if one couldn't turn on the TV without seeing Karen Klein.

    From the Today Show to Nightline, her face was everywhere.

    CNN's Anderson Cooper sent Klein 10 free tickets to Disney World.

    Country singer Tim McGraw's staff contacted Klein saying the star wanted to meet her in person.

    And just like that, what began with a shaky cell phone video taken by a student on that bus, Karen Klein had become a celebrity of sorts.

    And then something happened.

    Something which has led many in the Rochester, NY area, including myself, to ask some questions about Karen Klein, her foundation, and some people involved in her story, including the man who started it all, Max Sidorov.

    On November 30, 2012 I broke a story of three Greece, NY teens who made a racist bullying video targeting an African-American teen and an innocent 10 year old girl who, along with her 3 year old sister, was murdered by her father in a murder-suicide last year.

    Greece is a suburb of Rochester, NY.

    Despite Rochester's news media being all over the Karen Klein story this last summer, to the point where they set up media tents outside Klein's home, they had no interest in a story which not only involved bullying, but also racism, and, which occurred in, of all places, Greece, NY.

    Immediately after I broke the story on my blog, I reached out to the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation, with the hopes that they would help me in denouncing the racist bullying incident, and the disturbing video made by the Greece teens.

    When I contacted the foundation, I was greeted by a voice recording of Karen Klein's daughter, Amanda Klein-Romig, who serves as the foundation's administrator.

    In the recording, Klein's daughter states that all calls will be returned within 24 hours.

    Just over 72 hours and several voicemails later, Klein's daughter finally called me back.

    I spoke with Romig for a while, asking her what exactly was the foundation's role.

    Amanda Klein-Romig, gave me long, vague answers, as she kept mentioning that all the attention has been overwhelming.

    I expressed to her my interest in having the foundation help me in denouncing the incident regarding the racist bullying video, or at the very least, that the foundation issue a statement.

    Romig told me she was just the administrator for the foundation, and then directed me to a New York City man named Chris Surrey, whom she said was the foundation's director.

    When I asked her how did Chris Surrey become involved with the foundation, Romig told me that he and Max Sirodov were in on it from the beginning.

    When I asked her for Surrey's phone number, Romig replied "I will call him and have him call you because he does not answer numbers he doesn't recognize."

    Chris Surrey NEVER returned my calls.

    A quick Google search of Surrey yielded several results.

    One link describes him as a 'Visionary Strategist', while another lists Surrey as having worked with companies such as Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.

    I emailed Mr. Surrey several times... NO REPLY.

    As I did some more searching, I remembered something that Klein's daughter had said to me in our conversation.

    She mentioned that Chris Surrey owned a company called Paintbox Labs, located on Lafayette St. in New York City.

    I called that number and left several messages.

    NO REPLY.

    A couple of days later, I called Amanda Klein-Romig back, to ask her if she had in fact spoken to Chris Surrey, since he never called me, and I also wanted to tell her about two upcoming events regarding the bullying incident I exposed in Greece, NY.

    After just a few minutes, it quickly became apparent that neither Romig, nor the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation were interested in joining me in denouncing the racist bullying incident in Greece, NY.

    It was 11:00 am when Romig said 'I'm sorry, I was taking a little nap, you just kind of woke me up.'

    I asked Amanda Klein-Romig if she, or someone from the foundation could join me in a rally I had set up in Greece, or if they could come out to a press conference I was having at my office.

    It was then that Amanda Romig became defensive.

    "My family comes first, you can't expect miracles, everything just can't happen in an instant", said Klein-Romig.

    When she said that, I couldn't help but to think how ironic that, in her mother's case, certainly one could say that the instantaneous response in donations from all over the world, was certainly 'miracle-like', and that it certainly seemed as though things did happen in an instant for her mom.

    Half way through the conversation, Romig, still firing off excuse after excuse for what was really nothing more than her mother's 'Anti-Bullying' Foundation simply put, not being interested in an incident involving bullying in her own town, Romig said "We have a vacation coming up in two weeks that I'm getting ready for."

    About a week later I got a call from a restricted number.

    The call went to my voicemail, and a young woman left me this message:

    "Hi good morning, I'm returning your call, I see you've been trying to reach Chris Surrey... I just wanted to let you know that this is not his number, as we've received several messages, so this is not his number, good luck, thank you."

    The woman never offered a number where Mr. Surrey could be reached.

    I then called a second number, listed on a website for Surron Music Group located in Wallingford, Connecticut.

    A man named Rob Cavalier answered the phone.

    When I introduced myself and asked for Chris Surrey, Cavalier seemed to be caught a bit off guard.

    After a brief, yet noticeable pause he said "Oh, Chris Surrey... yes, uhmm, I don't know his number, but I can if you give me your number I may be able to get so done to get in touch with him, you know what I mean?"

    I gave him my contact info. and once again, I found myself waiting for Mr. Chris Surrey to call me.

    I figured while I wait for that call, I'd do some research on Max Sidorov.

    I mean most people only know him as the man who started the fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com for Karen Klein.

    Well, I found out there's a lot more to Max Sidorov.

    For starters, the Ukrainian immigrant who lives in Toronto Canada, is a nutritionist, who wrote a book, '7 Steps to Health', available on Amazon.

    But what I found interesting is that Max Sidorov has started at least 5 fundraising campaigns on Indiegogo.com, including, of course Karen Klein's, which raked in $703,833.00.

    In fact, on August 1, 2012, a Huffington Post article reported that Sidorov was teaming up with Karen Klein, and a film and television producer named Joel Gordon to launch the '7 Million Acts of Love' campaign to raise $7 million for what Sidorov referred to as three noteworthy anti-bullying causes.

    Indiegogo.com shows that the '7 Million Acts of Love' campaign has ended, and Max Sidorov received a total of $1,398.00 in donations.

    Now, when Sidorov first started the fundraising campaign for Karen Klein, an Indiegogo campaign surfaced asking for donations for Sidorov.

    Some questioned if Sidorov himself started the campaign as a way to cash in on the buzz of the Karen Klein story.

    A comment on the internet reads: "The point of a good deed is to do it without expecting recognition. Don't donate to this guy. He's obsessed with himself now, claiming the whole world knows who he is."

    Sidorov responded by saying that he had no control over someone, by the name of 'Case Prince' starting a fundraiser for him.

    The campaign, 'Show Love for Max Too', which ended on Friday, July 20, 212 shows that Max Sidorov received a total of $7,465.00 in donations.

    And Max Sidorov's latest fundraiser on Indiegogo?

    One which, once again seems targeted at hitting people's emotions and sympathy.

    Max Sidorov has started a fundraiser for the Connecticut School shooting.

    Here's what he posted on Indiegogo.com:

    "Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Fund.
    A tragedy happened today.
    Dozens are dead including 20 young children. An entire kindergarten classroom is unaccounted for. The shooter went straight to a kindergarten classroom and killed a bunch of five year olds. I have no words to describe what I'm feeling...
    At times like this it is the good people of the world who come together and help those in need. The familes will have thousands and thousands of dollars worth of medical, funeral, and counseling costs, not to mention the agonizing, unmentionable grief of lost family members... children.
    And this couldn't have happened at a worse time. Christmas, a time of joy and happiness, when families and kids should be looking forwards to the joy and happiness of the holidays.
    If there is anything we can do, that would be to raise some funds and ease the grief of those affect, even a little bit. I can't imagine what the parents and family members are going through, and the least of their worries should be financial troubles.
    Please consider making a small donation, anything helps, even a dollar. If we can brighten up their day even a tiny little bit, i think we have succeeded.
    Some of the ways the funding will be distributed.
    1) Counseling for the survivors (children and families)
    2) Funeral/medical expenses for affected families
    3) Scholarship fund supporting students at Sandy Hook Elementary
    According to CBS, Connecticut State Police have released the names of the 26 victims. All 20 of the children who were killed were ages 6 and 7and among them were 8 boys and 12 girls. The victims' names and ages are:
    Dawn Hochsprung (principal), 47
    Mary Sherlach (school psychologist), 56
    Victoria Soto (first grade teacher), 27
    Charlotte Bacon, 6
    Daniel Barden, 7
    Rachel Davino, 29
    Olivia Engel, 6
    Josephine Gay, 7
    Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6
    Dylan Hockley, 6
    Madeline F. Hsu, 6
    Catherine V Hubbard, 6
    Chase Kowalski, 7
    Jesse Lewis, 6
    James Mattioli, 6
    Grace McDonnell, 7
    Anne Marie Murphy, 52
    Emile Parker, 6
    Jack Pinto, 6
    Noah Pozner, 6
    Caroline Previdi, 6
    Jessica Rekos, 6
    Avielle Richman, 6
    Lauren Russeau, 30
    Benjamin Wheeler, 6
    Allison N. Wyatt, 6
    All the funds raised will go directly to helping out families."

    That's what Max Sidorov wrote, on Indiegogo.com.


    I just read an interesting Associated Press story on a site called Daily Finance.

    It was about scammers preying on the innocent families of the children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

    The family of 6 year old Noah Ponzer discovered that someone in the Bronx, NY was soliciting donations on the family's behalf.

    Noah's family had never heard of the individual, who had set up an official looking website, with Noah's name.

    The site even included petitions on gun control.

    Unfortunately, this is nothing new.

    Scammers strike after tragedies such as the Connecticut incident.

    In fact, it happened after 9/11.

    It happened after Hurricane Katrina.

    And it happened after the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting.

    Is Max Sidorov running a scam?

    I don't know.

    What I do know is this.

    This past summer a bus monitor from Greece, NY became an overnight celebrity.

    The Rochester, NY area news media, as media is very well known to do, sensationalized her story, and in turn, helped her receive over $700,000.00 in donations.

    Donations from good folks who felt bad for this woman.

    Folks like me and you.

    Then, it turns out the Klein family is more interested in taking naps and vacations, and meeting celebrities, than in denouncing acts of bullying.

    Even when those acts of bullying happen in their own town, of Greece, NY.

    And I know this.

    The man behind the fundraiser was Max Sidorov.

    The same man who almost immediately set up another fundraiser drive called '7 Million Acts of Love', with the hopes of raising $7 million dollars.

    Was he trying to cash in on the Karen Klein wave which raked in almost three quarters of a million dollars?

    Is there a way to find out if the money he has raised so far on Indiegogo will truly go to the families of the Connecticut shooting?

    Or will it go in his pocket?

    I have reached out to Mr. Sidorov several times.

    He has not gotten back to me.

    Reminds me of Mr. Chris Surrey, whom I'm still waiting to hear from.

    And speaking of Mr. Surrey, who seems to have turned the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation into a money making machine, complete with $9.99 iTunes downloads of music artists he manages and promotes, not only has he refused to return my calls and emails, but just last week, Mr. Surrey, while on the phone with a Rochester, NY television news reporter, became irate, and began to yell at her, threatening to sue her employer, simply because she called the foundation's administrator, Amanda Romig.

    I have requested the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation's financial statements, which as a non for profit, they MUST provide.

    Amanda Klein-Romig told me that no one except Chris Surrey could release any financial records.

    I have emailed Mr. Surrey several times requesting those records.

    Does Mr. Surrey have something to hide?

    I must admit, this past summer, I was one of the millions who watched the Youtube video of Karen Klein being harassed by the kids on her bus.

    I felt bad for her.

    I think most people did.

    But as an activist, writer and blogger, who for years has dedicated himself to exposing injustices, after my conversation with Klein's daughter, I don't feel the same anymore.

    I don't like to feel like in any way, shape or form I have been duped.

    I don't think anyone does.

    I will be updating this post.


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    Nick Robare, the 18 year old from Greece, NY who participated in and posted a racist, bullying video on Facebook, targeting an African-American teen and a little girl who was murdered by her father, arrived at his arraignment Thursday afternoon in Greece Town Court, being carried by a young woman and appearing very happy.

    That all changed when I asked Robare, who was flanked by several supporters including his father, why he made the video.

    "Can I punch you in your face?" replied Robare as he hurriedly walked across the parking lot.

    A few seconds later, a young woman accompanying Robare yelled at me "Do you have a problem? Why are you videotaping? Cause I will slap that (expletive deleted) out of you hand!"

    A man who identified himself as Robare's father said his son is being "wrongfully accused."

    In the video, which features Nick Robare, Amanda Farabella and her boyfriend Shawn Petrilli, both of 100 Whitman Rd. in Greece, features the teens using the word "nigger" throughout, as well as threatening Alex Hare.

    The video begins with Petrilli looking into the camera and saying 'Hope you like your (expletive deleted) hoodie you nigger.'

    Apparently, the teens got a hold of a hoodie which 10 year old Noel Parcells had given to her friend Alex Hare, the African-American teen who is the target of the video.

    On September 5, 2011, 10 year old Noel Parcells and her 3 year old half sister Mia were murdered by Noel's father in Lake George, NY.

    On November 30, 2012 I broke the story of this incident.

    I then contacted the Greece, NY Police department when Michelle Hare, Alex's mom had informed me that they had refused to do anything.

    I then also contacted all of the news media outlets in Rochester, and they all said they were not interested in covering the story.

    I continued to put pressure on the Greece Police department until they finally decided to charge Nicholas Robare with aggravated harassment for posting the video to Alex Hare's Facebook page.

    On December 10, 2012 Rochester, NY media finally decided to cover the story.


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    Nick Robare, the Greece, NY teen charged with aggravated harassment after he posted a racist bullying video on the Internet, has been ordered by Greece, NY Town Judge Charles A. Schiano Jr. to stay off Facebook.

    The video features Nick Robare, Amanda Farabella and her boyfriend Shawn Petrilli, both of 100 Whitman Rd. in Greece, using the word "nigger" throughout, as well as threatening Alex Hare, who is African-American.

    The video begins with Petrilli looking into the camera and saying "Hope you like your (expletive deleted) hoodie you nigger."

    The hoodie Petrilli is referring to is one which 10 year old Noel Parcells had given to her friend Alex Hare, who is the target of the video.

    In addition to racial slurs, the video also contains threats against Alex.

    At one point in the video, Nick Robare says, "Next time it won't be your hoodie, next time we'll bust your (expletive deleted) face."

    Nicholas Robare then posted the video on Alex's Facebook page.

    On September 5, 2011, 10 year old Noel Parcells and her 3 year old half sister Mia were murdered by Noel's father in Lake George, NY.

    On November 30, 2012 I broke the story of this incident.

    I then contacted the Greece, NY Police department when Michelle Hare, Alex's mom had informed me that they had refused to do anything.

    I also contacted all of the news media outlets in Rochester, and they all said they were not interested in covering the story.

    In addition, I reached out to the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation, started by Klein, a Greece, NY bus monitor, who received over $700,000 in donations after a video of students harassing her on her bus, went viral.

    That video was recently named third on Time Magazine's list of 2012 viral videos.

    The Karen Klein foundation refused to speak out or denounce this incident, which happened, of all places, in Greece, NY, just 6 months after the Klein video.

    Reached for comment, Amanda Klein, Karen Klein's daughter told me she was "taking a nap" and that "family comes first."

    She then went on to say that her and her mother were preparing for a vacation and would not get involved in this incident, as it's not what they do.

    Many, including myself, have questioned the clear contrast in the publicity that Klein's incident received, when compared to this case which not only involves bullying, but racism as well.

    It wasn't until I continued to put pressure on the Greece Police department, that they finally decided to charge Nicholas Robare with aggravated harassment for posting the video to Alex Hare's Facebook page.

    Before his arraignment, Robare arrived at the court being carried by a young woman.

    Flanked by several supporters including his father, Robare replied "Can I punch you in the face?" after I asked him why he took part in the video.

    A young woman who said she was Robare's best friend, then yelled at me: "Do you have a problem? Why are you videotaping? Cause I will slap that (expletive deleted) out of your hand!"

    At Thursday's appearance Robare was assigned a public defender.

    In continuing his release, Judge Schiano made it clear to Robare that he is not to go on Facebook.

    Nick Robare's next court date is on January 31st at 1:00 pm in Greece Town court.

    I will be updating this story.

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