As of this morning, more than $512,000 has been raised for a 68-year-old bus monitor who was the verbally attacked by four Grade 7 boys earlier this week in a suburb of Rochester, New York.
The incident made international headlines after a cellphone video of the encounter was posted on YouTube.
The four boys involved in the incident are now the subject of international fury and have received death threats, police report. Officials also say that Karen Klein has no interest in pursuing charges against her attackers. The school district, however, has indicated the boys will be disciplined.
As Reuters reports, the fundraiser was initially set up to send the grandmother of eight on the “vacation of a lifetime.”
“I’ve got these nice letters, emails, Facebook messages,” she said. “It’s like, wow, there’s a whole world out there that I didn’t know. It’s really awesome.”