GREECE, N.Y. (WKBW) – $400,000 and counting. That is how much money has already been collected for Karen Klein, 68, a bus monitor that was abused by students.
The 10-minute video of the ordeal has gone national and continues to dominate talk on social media. Many people are calling the video shocking. Klein breaks down in tears after minutes of being bullied by middle school students.
After it went viral, a fund raising website was set up and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to send Klein on vacation. Southwest Airlines is also pitching in, allowing her to ride for free.
The father of one of the boys heard harassing the woman had this to say after seeing the video.
“I started to cry. I told him I couldn’t believe he would do something like this. It was pretty emotional,” father Robert Helms said.
Klein said she will not press criminal charges against the teens, but they do face severe punishment from the Greece Athena School District where they attend middle school. District officials said the teens violated its code of conduct. Although they said the children would face consequences, it is against district policy to publicly announce what the punishment will be.