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.


Needless to say, if this was my grandmother, I would be waiting for these idiots when they got off the bus. I couldn't watch the entire video, because the words coming out of these boys' mouths were vile and utterly disturbing. Just the thought they would think to say these things to anyone, much less an elderly person, sickened me. Just terrible. Also, for those of you who think that it's the children being raised in single parent homes or born to teenage parents are to blame, you're naive. I bet most (if not all) of these boys live in two-parent households. It's about being respectful and having a fear of punishment (obviously lacking in these boys). Also, as a former educator, I know parents feel that they since they pay taxes, they own the people who work in the field of education. This belief that they are subservient is passed down to their children.


@MIHO. It is not our youth. It is not America's youth. The kids that bull her are children of parents. The child is a reflection of the parent. The kids are ruthless. I hate them.


The donation amount obviously reflects the general attitude of the public that is fed up with bullying in our schools. This school bus monitor is a survivor with regard to what she's experienced in her life. @Tara--you are a survivor as well and your strength benefited not only you but your children. Only wish more would have the drive and focus you did. I'm an adoptive Mom. You don't know how many prayers I said for my child's teen birth Mom over the years---that she'd straighten out and move forward. Not until she had made a 2nd adoption plan for another child did she finally begin to see the light and get responsible. @Ellen Your actions sound like....a crude but effective approach, ha!


@ Tara- good 4 you. You refused to give up unlike many cases - people refuse to make an effort. There are so many different ways to prevent pregnancy yet many find themselves that way and have no intention of being accountable. That in itself is the crime.


Miho, I was a unwed teenage mother, I am still an unwed mother with 3 girls. I have been in an abusive relationship by youngest 2`s father. At one time we were homeless and everything else.... MY POINT? My daughters and I have risen above that, my kids (and I) are active in our church, the girls make honor roll (well 2 of them), and I have done everything I can to raise them with respect, values, and morals. BUT, I also know that the kids they are with their friends are different then the kids they are with me. Its not always the parents fault. Even Miss Karen said it. I CAN GUARENTEE that if it was one of my girls doing this to a bus monitor (or anyone) they would be spitting their teeth out!


@ Heather- people talk in percentages. Like- the kids that come from divorced families are more likely to divorce. 2 people addicted to drugs at some point have a child- 80% chance that child will be addicted to something. Kids that are not taught respect are a problem. Kids that don't have structure ( 1 parent) are a problem. Usually not a kid going to church- as in structure.


@miho what does unwed or teen mother have to do with it? They could be church going kids w good parents. And if they had teen mothers, im sure since they would be in their 30s by now they would have matured. You are the one sounding immature


WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH OUR YOUTH?!?!?!? I seriously pity the younger generations. I mean, do they all come from heartless, brainless parents? Apparently so, because most of these kids were probably born to unwed teens who have the same immaturity as they do.


Karen I am so sorry for the behavior of these boys. As a mother of a preteen child I can assure you that if it was MY child it wouldnt happen again. My heart goes out to you and you deserve praise for keeping your cool. I would not have been able too. I hope you enjoy your vacation and pray you continue working. May peace be with you and God bless you.


The same thing happened to me back in 73. I raised my leg and farted on the bunch of them. I was 66 at the time and you have no idea how fast those little tadpoles got away from me.

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