Bullied bus monitor fundraiser raises over $700K


Karen Klein, the American school bus monitor who was subject to a torrent of abuse from middle school pupils, plans to retire after a fundraiser brought her more than $700,000.

The video of the 68-year old Klein being bullied reached well over 1 million views on YouTube, and caught the eye of Max Sidirov from Toronto. Sidirov, once a bully victim himself, made a fundraising page hoping to bring in $5,000 for Klein to take a vacation. When the campaign finished Friday night, the donations totalled $703,873.

“I want to save some, I want to invest in some things to make it grow, and donate to a couple of groups that I have in mind,” she told the Canadian Press over the phone from her home in Rochester, N.Y.

While she says a vacation across the U.S. is likely, Klein has a granddaughter who has Down syndrome and a grandson with autism, and wants to help out organizations for kids with special needs. She also confirmed that she will not be coming back to work as a bus monitor this fall.

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Bullied bus monitor fundraiser raises over $700K

  1. Meanwhile, the guy who had his face eaten off of him while passerby continued on has raised just under $24,000.

    So.. you go grandma.. show what not doing your damned job can get you in America if you happen to go viral vs. what actually needing some support is worth.

    Oh.. and if anybody ever again wants to suggest private charity should replace taxation.. this is why you’re wrong.

    • Nobody states that private charity should replace taxation.

      However, stating that charitable contributions shouldn’t receive a tax credit is ludicrous. People having some control over their social contributions is a good thing, and provides a sense of ownership in their own civic structures and programs. That in itself has value. People show some poor judgement in how those dollars should be spent, but we have countless examples of bureaucrats showing poor judgment in allocating funds as well.

      • I’ve run into quite a few who do. Usually whenever someone who’s fairly well off suggests they’re willing to pay more in taxes, you get a host of hooting apes trotting out and saying “Well just donate the money then!”

        Then you get all those brilliant arm-chair economists who like to suggest that private charity is more efficient than taxation.

        That said, I’ve no clue where your rant about charitable donations shouldn’t receive a tax credit came from, as I’ve certainly made no such claims. I’ve suggested that political contributions shouldn’t receive a tax credit, but I don’t think that’s the same thing at all.

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