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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Wouldn't have been allowed in the city where "the west was won". No nonsense choices should have been utilized. Prairie justice is simple. The bus driver pulls over. Gets on radio or cell---calls 911. Cops come and handles the little juvenile delinquents! (If anything..just to intimidate the little boogers and make 'em shake in their sneakers for a bit!)

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And if these little beasts treat an elderly person like that, how do you think they treat classmates they consider beneath them? That's why bullying NEEDS to be addressed with strong lessons and sharp consequences.

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Who video'd this? Why didn't THEY stop it?

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We need "LIKE" buttons here. ;o) Personally, I pray she deals with all that money wisely, like perhaps finding a way to support either
(1)-Parenting classes where parents can learn how to raise kids that don't behave like those did, or
(2)-Anti-Bullying class where people can learn how to deal effectively with bullies or
(3)-To have cameras put in as many school buses nationwide as possible so that more behavior like this can hit both the web and attorney's offices for lawsuits to be filed against the parents of kids who act like this on the school bus. Would LOVE to hear comments from the parents of these beasts.

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I am so glad I wasnt on this bus because I would have ended up in jail for beating everyone of their asses like their parents should have done a long time ago. If these were my kids I would be ashamed to know that I raised such low life pieces of crap because that's all they are. Shame on them and their parents this is horrible.

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One question, "Why in the hell didn't the bus driver step in?" Thank the lord that wasn't my grandmother those punks would have gotten a mudhole stomped in their asses by everyone in my family. It's sad that these little pathetic bastards think it's okay to torment the elderly. Karma is a BITCH!!! Then again their asses my not even live to see their golden years at the rate they are going.

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Oops, protect them from me.

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I like Tara was a teen mom. I had three sons by age 22. You do one of two things, become a deadbeat or grow up. I feel this applies to parents of every age. It took me to age 26, but I am an RN.
My boys are now 19, 17 and 15. I have taught them respect and manners. My children know if they acted this way, they would deserve what she dished out. The cops stationed would have to protect them

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tell those kids to come sit on a vallejo school bus and theyll see what bullying is. PUNKS!!!

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I think this is outrageous!!! those kids should be off the bus, riding isnt a right its a privilage, these kids are horrible for doing and saying all those things. People have been expelled for less!!! I hope something was done about those horrible children and their bull crap! dont parents teach respect for elders anymore. obviously something has to be done about them!!! Parenting classes and punishment for the children involved!!!!

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