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Following the Bullying Video Seen Around the World, maligned school bus monitor Karen Klein is turning her torment into good, founding an anti-bullying charity.

After the verbal attack she endured from seventh graders in upstate New York went viral this year, it was seen more than 8.5 million times by sympathizers.

So extreme was the video that a good Samaritan set up a donation site to send Klein on a vacation. A modest goal of a few thousand bucks turned into over $700,000.

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Karen Klein has used the $700,000 donated compassionate viewers of her now-infamous viral video to launch an anti-bullying foundation.

The depressing video of middle school boys tormenting Klein on the bus was posted on June 19 and received more than eight million total views.

The 68-year-old now-retired school bus monitor from Greece, N.Y., received donations from at least 32,000 people online in less than two months.

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Looking for something positive to do for the world with a portion of the $700,000 in donations, she has created the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation.

“I thought it would be a great idea, and I’m hoping this foundation will seriously help all these kids,’’ Klein told Today. “It’s also not just kids."

"When you’re a kid being bullied, you should talk to an adult. When the adult is being bullied, I don’t know who the heck they can talk to."

"That’s why I want to help.’’

Klein never planned on becoming a symbol of anti-bullying, but has grown to embrace the role after her story received international attention.

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Karen Klein, the Upstate New York bus monitor made famous by a viral video in which she was bullied by middle school boys, is planning to retire.

The announcement comes just one week after a web campaign effort padded the bus monitor's pockets with more than $700,000 in donations.

"I'm not quitting because of what happened. That's not it," Klein, the 68-year-old bus monitor, told The AP. "I enjoyed working with the kids."

"I guess it's just my time to leave. That's what I've decided."

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In the video, Klein is shown sitting on a school bus as teen boys hurl the most vile insults at her for over 10 minutes, eventually making her cry.

The video has been reposted so many times it's impossible to tell how many times it's been viewed, but Klein obviously became a cause celebre.

Max Sidorov, 25, was inspired to start the campaign on Indiegogo (dot) com, writing "Lets Give Karen – the bus monitor – Klein a Vacation!"

Although Sidorov's goal was to raise $5,000 by July, the site drew in $703,833 from 30,000 donors in all 50 states and more than 84 countries.

"I think people love rallying around a cause, especially helping someone in need or who has been abused or can't stand up for themselves," Sidorov said.

"It just shows there are so many great people in the world. It warms my heart."

Klein wants to donate some of her money to Mary Cariola Children's Center and School of the Holy Childhood, she told WHAM-TV in Rochester, NY.

Four bullies from the Greece, N.Y., Central School District outside Rochester have been suspended for one year and perform community service.

The bullies later apologized; Klein did not accept.

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A few weeks ago, bus driver Karen Klein was harassed by students in ways that were inexplicably horrendous. They mocked the 69-year old to no end, at one point even saying her kids should commit suicide because she's so ugly.

It was an experience no one should ever go through... but there is a silver lining, and it's covered in wads of cash.

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Very soon after video of Klein's bullying went viral, Internet users started to collect donations for the victim. Within 24 hours, $9,000 was raised to send Klein on a much-needed vacation.

But the story spread and the money kept pouring in. And we now appear to have a final tally for the amount that total strangers gave to this mocked bus monitor: $703,873. That's not a typo.

The seventh grade boys responsible for the taunts have all been suspended for an entire school year. They've also been ordered to complete a bullying prevention program. Let's all hope they learn a valuable lesson.

And let's all hope Klein makes the most out of this windfall. We might not go as far as to say the vindictive mockery was worth it, but... well... $703,873!!!

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No one can accuse the Greece (N.Y.) Central School District of looking the other way when it comes to its disciplinary response to students bullying others.

The kids who harassed Karen Klein with a 10-minute barrage of vile verbal taunts that went viral were suspended for the entire 2012-13 school year.

If you haven't seen it, this video was the reason why ...

The four seventh grade boys who bullied the 68-year-old grandmother to tears were all issued a one-year suspension from school, a one-year suspension from bus use and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service with the elderly.

They must also complete a bullying prevention program.

The four kids will be all sent to the District Reengagement Center - a special alternative education program - as the town is required to provide an education by law.

Klein received national attention after the video of the boys bullying her went viral. Sympathetic viewers donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to her.

She said from the beginning she did not want to press criminal charges, and that she felt sorry for the kids ... though she does not accept their apologies.

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Karen Klein, the now famous school bus bullying victim, says she does NOT accept the apologies offered by two of the Greece, N.Y., kids whose taunts drove her to tears.

Klein, 68, has said she will not press charges or pursue any action against the terrible teenagers, claiming she feels sorry for them and their parents.

Accepting yesterday's apologies from the bullies, however? Not happening.

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Asked if she forgives the children who harassed her in light of the statements issued on Friday, she says, "Not really," and simply adds "I think they can do better."

Two of the devil children wrote the bus monitor letters after the video went viral this week and their 10-minute verbal torture session of the woman was exposed.

Klein also got a letter from the parents of a boy who participated. She and her daughter say they're not ready to forgive, though, given what she went through.

Klein also has a few suggestions about how the kids should be punished, including bans from both riding the bus and sports at school for a year or more.

Considering what she endured, that could be considered lenient.

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Karen Klein, the school bus monitor who was verbally abused by a group of Upstate New York middle school students, has received an apology from two of them.

The statements of apology were written to Karen, but have also been released by police, likely in hopes of quieting threats of retribution against the teenagers.

One letter, by Josh (last name withheld), says: "I am so sorry for the way I treated you."

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"When I saw the video I was disgusted and could not believe I did that. I am so sorry for being so mean and I will never treat anyone this way again."

Fellow bully Wesley (last name also withheld), meanwhile, said, "I feel really bad about what I did. I wish I had never done those things."

"If that had happened to someone in my family, like my mother or my grandmother, I would be really mad at the people who did that."

Karen Klein, 68, was driven to tears by their 10-minute torrent of words (below), but said she feels bad for the kids who bullied her as well as their parents.

She does not intend to pursue further action, saying the kids are being punished enough. According to CBS News, all have received death threats.

Sympathetic viewers of the viral video set out to raise $5,000 for Klein to go on a dream vacation ... and ended up receiving $140,000 in donations.

Klein's reaction to the overwhelming support? As she told NBC News, "I get chills."

UPDATE: Klein has now received $440,000 in donations. Truly amazing.

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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.

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This video encapsulates the best and worst of human behavior.

Yesterday, the world got to see a group of idiot 12-15 year-old kids verbally abusing a 69-year-old bus monitor in Greece, N.Y. named Karen Klein.

Like, really badly. To the point that she cried.

The worst comment one kid made? "You are so ugly, your kids should kill themselves." Klein's son apparently did take his own life 10 years ago.

Depressing as it gets. But now, the redeeming part.

According to Mashable, irate users on Reddit, 4chan, YouTube and elsewhere decided to support Klein ... and not by offering bullying services to give the kids a taste of their own medicine (although we'll get to that in a moment).

Not even 24 hours later, more than $9,000 has been raised online to send the harassed Karen on the vacation of a lifetime! How great is that?

Enjoy it, Karen ... and get ready to reap what you sowed, kids.

There's already a Facebook group dedicated to opposing them, and local police are considering stationing officers outside their homes for fear of retribution.

UPDATE, 6/22: Klein has received a staggering $440,000 in donations - not a typo - and more importantly, an apology from two of the bullies.

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