Bullied Bus Monitor Karen Klein Commits $100,000 to Stop Bullying

The 68-year-old viral-video survivor’s anti-bullying foundation is all about paying back kindness with interest.

Former bus monitor Karen Klein speaks out in this video with WSYR after being bullied by middle school students in Greece, New York. (Photo: WSYR)

Aug 22, 2012
Kelly Zhou has written on a variety of topics for TakePart, predominantly politics, education, and wildlife.

Karen Klein, the Internet-famous former New York school bus monitor who received more than $700,000 in donations after a video of her being bullied went viral, has earmarked some of the funds to start an anti-bullying foundation.

In late June, an appalling video posted on YouTube depicted 68-year-old Klein being harassed by a group of middle-school students riding the bus in Greece, New York.

The video generated millions of views and international outrage, prompting individuals on the Internet to begin an online fundraising campaign to give Klein “the vacation of a lifetime.”

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More than 32,000 people across the world donated, raising $700,000 for the elderly school worker in about a month. She decided to retire in July and invest the funds.

Klein is now using $100,000 of the donated money to start the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation, reported the Associated Press.

Established as part of the GiveBack Foundation, Klein’s organization is focused on anti-bullying counseling and education, according to the site. The foundation is even launching a music tour, called the No Bully Tour 2012 awareness campaign.

“You have all inspired me by your acts of love,” Klein wrote on her foundation page. “But now it is time for me to give back and to turn your single act of kindness into my own personal movement to stop bullying in America.”

What do you think Klein should do with the $700,000 in donations? Let us know in the comments.

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