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.
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.