Donations go viral for bullied US bus monitor (Video)
Monday, June 25, 2012
US: A 10-minute video of an elderly school bus monitor in New York state jeered by cussing children has provoked outrage and online fundraising that will now pay her $176,000 for a vacation.
In the video, shot on a cell phone on Monday and posted subsequently on Facebook and YouTube, Karen Klein tries her best to ignore taunts such as "fat ass" and "asshole" from kids in the town of Greece, near Rochester.
The 12- and 13-year-olds tease the 68-year-old grandmother of eight about her weight, her hearing aid, her hairdo. One leans in and says he will "piss on your door," while others make rude gestures and laugh.
Klein did not report the harassment but the video -- captured by a kid on the Greece Athena Middle School bus -- was viewed by more than two million people online and led to an outpouring of support for the bullied monitor.
Fundraising website indiegogo.com started accepting donations, aiming to raise $5,000 to send Klein on a vacation. AFP