Karen Klein, Bullied School Bus Monitor, Receives $140,000 in Donations, Feels Sorry For Kids

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Students on Greece, N.Y., school bus No. 784 tormented Karen Klein to the point of tears this week, calling her awful names and spewing hateful comments.

Amazingly, the 10-minute verbal attack was caught on video and has since gone viral, with support pouring in for the 69-year-old bullied school bus monitor.

Support to the tune of $140,000. That's not a typo.

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It took "a lot of will power" to not fight back, the Greece Central School District employee told NBC's Today this morning. "I'm not usually that calm."

The unidentified middle school students under investigation; any disciplinary action will have to wait until September when school is in session.

Their torment of a widow and grandmother of eight whose son committed suicide is upsetting to say the least, but there is a silver lining to be found.

An online fundraising effort to send Klein on "a vacation of a lifetime" has long surpassed its $5,000 goal, with more than $140,000 (and counting) raised.

"I'm so amazed," she said. "I've gotten the nicest letters, emails, Facebook messages. It's like, wow – there's a whole world out there I didn't know."

Klein, who is semi-retired and worked as a bus driver for 20 years and as a bus monitor for the past three, said she doesn't want the kids to be punished.

Instead, she hopes the parents simply watch the video you see above.

"I'm sorry that your sons acted the way they did," she responded when asked what she would say to their parents. "I'm sure they don't act that way at home, but you never know what they're going to do when they're out of the house."

Most of the 1.5 million people who watched this online wouldn't be so even-handed.

You can find the bullying kids' names quite easily if you look around - we have not posted them here - and local police say they fear serious retaliation.

UPDATE, 6/22: Donations have eclipsed $440,000! Amazing.


I thought I would comment on Karen Klein the Bulling of the bus Driver. Teachers in New Orleans are bullied all the time. I was curses, mentally abused, this year by students at L.B. High School in New Orleans, and I was penalized for aiding that the students were unruly and disrespectful. I have several videos'. They had even posted me on the Facebook, but could not find it I one of the first teacher laid off this pas week. They not only did it to me, the harm several teachers and vandalized their classroom and nothing was done because you must do a paper trail. I recommended a training course, and I was laughed at. These children have so much protection by law, and the teacher and support staff has no protection teachers are afraid to come forward because they would be without a job, just as I. Of course, that was not their reason for dismissing


I was sickened when I watched this video. How this women sat there so calmly is beyond me. I would not of been able to control myself as she did. It is time parents stood up to the plate and started taking control of their children instead of trying to be friends with them. These boys along with every other bully need to be punished. I am so glad there names were published because maybe now if they are tormented the way they tormented that poor bus monitor it will teach them a lesson. So Luis, Wesley, Brandon and Joshua how does it feel you little punks.


So....Ellen are you now like 105 years old?


Have you ever noticed how many different cultures truly honor and respect their elders and listen to their wisdom? What values and morals are some parents teaching their youth in America? I don't feel it is the responsibility of teachers to raise the parent's children!!! Perhaps some parents need to get more involved in their children's lives. Teach them about what is really most important in life...teach them about relationships and feelings! Discipline is about behavior and consequences.Karen is not a ROBOT on a video game...she is a HUMAN BEING with feelings!!! Some children are loosing their sensitivity especially for other people. Written apologies to Karen was a virtuous lesson. Why didn't the bus driver take some resposibility? This sad incident was both disturbing and hurtful... emotional/mental abuse. Bulling needs to stop now! THANKS TO OUR FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA FOR HER EFFORTS IN WORKING TO END BULLING IN AMERICA!!!God Bless...America.


These kids don't understand what it is to be bullied. One day they will.


I had to stop watching after about 50 seconds. I cant stand that these kids would do this.


I had to stop watching it at the minute or so mark.. I couldn't take anymore of it.. It makes me sad to see kids bullying the elderly.. I wish I was on that bus and I would be the one to tell them straight.. I am only 20 years old, but I know how important respect is, and I can't stand it when younger kids act like that towards the elderly.. She was just sitting there minding her own business and they were picking on her.. What a shame on kids' behavior now a days. I'm glad the community raised money for her to go on a vacation. She desperately needs it.


To hell with those punk ass little brats that dont understand the concept of respect! Put their dumb ass' in Juvenile Detention for 1-2 years!!!!


Horrible behavior,but if these kids get arrested than all kids who bully kids should be arrested.be fair .


I have no more toleration for this kind of crap. It is time for open season.

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