Bullied bus monitor says she won’t keep all the money that was raised for her online
More than $650,000 has been donated to the Karen Klein, who was teased mercilessly by students she was looking after. The incident was recorded in a video that went viral.
BY CHRISTINE ROBERTS / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, June 25, 2012, 2:30 PM
Bus monitor Karen Klein is set to receive over $600,000 from an online fundraising campaign that was launched in response to a viral video that shows four student bullies tormenting the 68-year-old.
The bus monitor who received an outpouring of donations after being mercilessly driven to tears by four student bullies says she won’t pocket the entire six-figure sum.
Karen Klein, of Greece, N.Y., will invest some of the $648,091 — and counting — raised on her behalf in an online campaign, and donate the rest to charities.
“I keep thinking, ‘What have I done?’” the 68-year-old told Ann Curry during an interview on the “Today” show Monday. “It’s like I almost don’t feel like I deserve it.”
The viral charity drive, which kicked off last Wednesday after a cell phone video of the horrific treatment was posted online, was originally designed to send Klein on “a vacation of a lifetime.”
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Since then, 28,000 people have made donations through Indiegogo.com, giving the upstate widdow the option of retiring. The grandmother of eight, who hasn’t decided whether she’ll return to her job in the fall, said she’ll also give some of the money to her family because “they need, they need, they need.”
Klein said during the interview that the touching support she’s received has gone beyond just dollars and cents.
“I’ve gotten so many notes from people who have been bullied, who’ve been very hurt, and my heart goes out to these people,” Klein said. “What I am glad about is the fact that it has come out, and everyone knows what goes on.”
More than 7 million people have viewed the 10-minute clip, titled “Making the bus monitor cry,” which shows students from Athena Middle School in suburban Rochester harrasing Klein about her weight and age, and accusing her of wanting to rape children.
School officials said the bullies will face disciplinary action when school resumes in September, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Two of the boys have since apologized in a statement.
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