As of this date, more than $500,000 has been donated to Karen Klein, a 68-year-old grandmother of eight who appears on a 10-minute video earlier this week being berated and bullied by four seventh-graders on a bus operated by the Greece Central School District, near Rochester, N.Y. Klein has also been offered a trip to Disney Land with nine guests by Southwest Airlines, FoxNews.com has confirmed.
The drive was started by 25 year old Max Sidorov of Toronto who said he started the campaign after seeing the video online. He said it was sickening to see what those kids did. Sidorov briefly spoke to Klein late Thursday and would “love” to meet her sometime, he said. The amount of donation has exponentially exceeded his initial goal of $5,000.
Now the 4 students included a police officer’s son, hurl repeated insults and threats at the grandmother, calling her fat and at one point suggesting that her children commit suicide. Klein told “Fox & Friends” during an appearance Thursday that her eldest son did, in fact, take his life 10 years ago.
“I did not hear that part then, but yeah, it was uncalled for, that’s for sure,” Klein told host Steve Doocy. Fox News
The fund drive will continue until July 20, but it’s not known if she will have to pay taxes on the money. All the money will go directly to her. Klein has worked in the school system for more than 20 years as a bus driver, and now as a monitor. After the video hit the internet, it brought in supporters, and even from the White House. Klein though, won’t seek criminal charges against the boys.
In New York, to charge a 13 year old, the alleged crime must a misdemeanor or a felony. Harassment is a violation and does not meet that threshold. The 4 boys in the video don’t deny their involvement.
Greece Central School District officials, meanwhile, promised to discipline the four students to the “fullest extent” allowable following an extensive investigation.
John Auberger, the town supervisor of Greece, N.Y., a town of roughly 100,000 residents, said officials have received calls from across the country regarding the incident. As for the money, I say it should be tax free. She never caused this to happen, just 4 little punks.