Over $600,000 Donated to Abused Bus Monitor
June 23, 2012 3 Comments
Karen Klein is a bus monitor in Rochester, New York who has been viciously taunted by a group of seventh-graders. Aboard a bus operated by the Greece Central School District, she was relentlessly verbally assaulted during a 10-minute video recorded by one of the youths on the bus. If you haven’t seen the video, it is quite disturbing to see how vulgar these young kids were towards an innocent bus monitor who they ridiculed for her physical appearance.
As a result of this video, an international crowd-funding site, Indiegogo.com launched an effort to raise money to send Karen Klein on vacation after the video of the verbal attack on the 68-year-old woman surfaced. Astonishingly, the site has been able to raise over $600,000, more than enough money for Karen to retire and live in peace.
Karen has reported that she is not going to try to prosecute the children, rather she would like to see them disciplined and reprimanded. If you watch the video, you can see Karen is able to keep her cool as much as possible, despite the kids tormenting her over her weight, appearance, and mocking the design of her pocket book. One of the kids takes it a little to far without realizing by telling Klein “her family all killed themselves because they didn’t want to be near you.” Ironically, Karen Klein’s eldest son took his life 10 years ago, and you can tell she was not too happy to hear that comment.
The current total amount raised at the time of this post is a whopping $629,363 and it continues to rise. You can donate to the campaign or keep track of the progress made on the LoveForKarenKlein fund on Indiegogo.com The money raised shows how supportive people can be, and it will certainly help raise awareness of how some kids are being taught to be raised in this country. These actions and words of the kids involved without question shows a lack of parenting, and Karen is fighting to make sure kids are learning the proper way to treat and respect one another, and more importantly, their elders.