Donations for bullied New York bus monitor surpass $500G

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.

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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.

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7 Comments

  1. Janet

    Does anyone really believe these kids learned their lesson? Of course not.

    Students Apologize to Bus Monitor They Ruthlessly Taunted

    Newsmax

  2. I’m sorry to have to point this out, but Karen Klein wasn’t doing her job. Punish the kids, fire the bus monitor. You can read more about it here: http://rubberchickensociety.org/2012/06/22/you-got-400k-for-what-rcs-forced-to-call-bullshit-on-bus-monitor-debacle/. At least Klein is getting a nice vacation out of the deal (oh and 500K).

  3. Janet

    Hmm, where have you been? You can’t by law touch the kids as much of snots they are. What could she have done with 4 kids doing the business? Good for her getting the money, those kids don’t deserve it. And I seriously doubt this has even phased the snots. They are old enough to know better. Why should she be fired when legally her hands are tied?

    Kids today that raise hell are heathens……and come a week, or a month, they will bully someone else. These kids really should be charged as bullying is a crime. Monitoring means just that, watching to make sure things are going smoothly. Sounds like sour grapes out there among the masses…..

  4. Janet

    Donations for bullied New York bus monitor surpass $600G

    As of early Saturday, more than $605,000 has been donated to Karen Klein, a 68-year-old grandmother of eight who appeared 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 learned.

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  5. I felt awful after watching that video, but I am glad that Karen Klein is getting somewhat of a happy ending. I think she deserves it and I’m glad that she is donating some of that money to charity and good causes. I wrote an article yesterday about her story and the power of the Internet and social media. Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out:

    http://caseykurlander.wordpress.com/

    Thanks!
    Casey

  6. Janet

    Bus Taunt Students Suspended for One Year

    The middle school students who mercilessly taunted a 68-year-old school bus monitor have been suspended from school and bus transportation for one year and must complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens, the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y.,reported.

    Newsmax

  7. Reblogged this on Lester Fusu Pages.

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