(NEW YORK) — In a case of bullying gone too far, a bus monitor from Greece, N.Y., was verbally abused to tears by a group of middle-school aged kids, who recorded the incident and later posted the profanity-filled video on the Internet.
Karen Klein, 68, can be seen taking insults and being ridiculed by the students in a 10-minute video posted on YouTube called “Making the Bus Monitor Cry.” The video has since gone viral, with well over one million views.
Viewers have left comments, mostly condemning the children’s actions, and one, Max Sidorov of Toronto, Canada, started a campaign through the fundraising site indiegogo.com to urge people to donate money to send the bus monitor on vacation.
By early Thursday, $100,000 had been contributed from over 5,300 donors and much more is expected until the campaign ends on July 20. It’s possible that enough money will be raised to allow Klein, who’s been a bus driver and monitor for 20 years, to finally retire.
In the meantime, the school district is looking into the incident and has promised to take action against Klein’s tormentors.
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