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.

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Do any of you people out there see that kids are totally out of control????? People stop panty assing with these punks and put them in there place. All these failed abortions should have had more successful help.

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I too don't understand why the school seems to have done nothing while this lady is being abused. Why didn't they pull the bus over and stop the abuse. The punishment should not wait til September. These kids should be in juvenile hall NOW! I could barely watch the whole video. These kids are PURE EVIL.

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These are emotionally disturbed children. Kids don't ride the "short yellow bus" with only a few other students unless they are special education with some kind of special classification like "emotionally disturbed." There are classrooms in schools devoted to educated kids who aren't just learning disabled, but are violent and abusive. That's why they need bus monitors. Because of the No Child Left Behind Act, special education students are almost impossible to expel or even suspend. They know that and push every button in adults are are awful kids. This poor lady is lucky they didn't physically assault her.

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God Bless this lady. I just shake my head in saddness- why are people so mean? How DARE these punk-ass brats act this way. Where is the respect for our fellow man?

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I'm a bus driver for special needs and find it very hard to imagine the driver not hearing some part of that abuse that this lady had to endure,I honestly feel the driver should be reprimanded as well, and the punks as well as the parents be punished.I know the parents weren't there but I'm sure if they have to pay for it as well those little shits will think twice about opening there mouth and hopefully the district attorney will file charges even if the monitor doesn't.be blessed with your wonderful gift, that was given to you.they' are good people in this world.thank God

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What I don't understand is why these "children" aren't being charged with assault. There is plenty of evidence in the video alone. She doesn't have to press the charges. Very sad that people aren't raising their children better than this. What if that was their grandmother - how would they feel? SAD SAD SAD

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It's a shame that kids now a days feel they can talk that way. Not to sound old, but when I was young if an adult corrected me I listened with the fear of my mother be told. If I told my mother an adult correct me or yelled "get off my lawn" my mother would've made me go an apologize. Now I'm scared to even say slow down to the kids in my neighborhood for fear they will destroy my car or attack my kids or their parent will want to fight because I yelled at their kid. The parenting today has really fell to the waste side. Today's parents have taught their kids it's ok to be defiant & not to have respect. Not all parents, but a good portion of them.

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yes that's a question i have why didn't the bus driver stop it all? i mean he/she should be held responsible for the abuse takeing place as well i think. he/she must have knew it was going on an heard the kids saying all of those nasty things to Karen. But yet the bus kept on rolling down the street. None of those punks were written up i get way Karen didn't write them up but why didn't the actual bus driver?

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American child soldiers.

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If this is how children are being raised to act...maybe we should abort their parents. That was the most disgusting display of disrespect, cruelty and ugliness I ever heard. I hope every ONE of those kids are expelled. Obviously these animals have parents who are just like them.

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