(NEW YORK) — The world’s most famous bus monitor is calling it quits. Karen Klein, the victim of a taunting incident last month that made national headlines, has announced her retirement at age 68.
A video that went viral showed the Greece, N.Y., grandma riding on a bus as a group of boys mocked her physical appearance and brought up the suicide of her son. The ten-minute taunt resulted in all four middle-school students getting suspended for a year.
Meanwhile, Klein’s humiliation spurred an outpouring of donations from people who contributed to a charity set up by a Toronto man, Max Sidorov, at the fundraising site Indiegogo. The total amount raise just exceeded $700,000.
Klein said she’s grateful for all the kind words and the money that’s come her way, but insists that the reasons for leaving her job have nothing to do with the bullying incident. She remarked, “I enjoyed working with the kids. But I guess it’s my time to leave. That’s what I’ve decided.”
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