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jeffb 06-22-2012 12:09 PM

Elderly woman bullied on a bus gets 500k
 
The amount has now grown to over 500k


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An online campaign set up by a Toronto man for Karen Klein, a 68-year-old U.S. bus monitor mercilessly bullied by schoolchildren in a viral video, has raised almost half a million dollars.

By Friday morning, the total had reached US$470,000. The tally continues to continues to climb.

Max Sidorov, once a bullied child himself, set up the campaign Wednesday morning after being shocked at the treatment handed out to Ms. Klein, who makes US$15,000 a year. The video of her being harassed and taunted has been seen nearly four million times on YouTube.


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Toronto man raises $387K for elderly bus monitor bullied by students in viral video

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The aim was to raise a modest US$5,000 to send Ms. Klein on a dream vacation, but by late Thursday his campaign had already garnered US$387,877.

“It is ridiculously more than I expected,” said Mr. Sidorov in an interview with the National Post. “I just had an idea. It’s the people who took it and ran with it.”





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Once a bullied kid himself, Max Sidorov set up an online fundraising campaign on Wednesday morning to send Ms. Klein — who makes roughly $15,000 per year — on a vacation.
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Mr. Sidorov, 25, a kinesiologist and nutritionist, added, “I really felt almost heartbroken to see that people would do such a thing to a nice lady. So, I just thought I had to do something about it.”

It’s unclear if Ms. Klein will have to pay taxes on the money because it is a collection of many small gifts. One of her supporters started a petition to have any taxes on the money waived.

The video, shot on a bus in Greece, N.Y., records four Grade 7 boys peppering the grandmother with insults; calling her fat, taunting her for sweating and asking her if she has a sexually transmitted disease. Ms. Klein, a widow, tries to ignore the taunts but at one point in the video she breaks down in tears.

Officials from the Greece Central School District said they saw the “troubling” 10-minute video and notified the local police who were conducting an investigation.

Ms. Klein, who works at Greece Athena Middle School, told ABC News she had no intention of quitting her job. She also told local police she did not want the students to face criminal charges.

Criminally charging the boys would require their conduct to rise to the level of a crime, Greece Police Capt. Steve Chatterton said. So far, it had not been found to reach that level.


Klein doesn’t want children charged

Klein has told police she does not want the boys to face criminal charges.

The 68-year-old told police she is happy with the swift and strong community response against the verbal attack aboard the bus, authorities said Thursday.

Criminally charging the boys, all seventh-graders, would require their conduct to rise to the level of a crime, Greece Police Capt. Steve Chatterton said. So far, it has not been found to reach that level.

Ms. Klein said she hoped the boys’ parents would view the video of the attack and talk to their children about being “a little more respectful.” Parents of all four boys are co-operating fully and say their children will be punished, Capt. Chatterton said.

Ms. Klein told NBC’s Today show, “I’m not usually that calm. Just ask my kids. I’m sure they don’t act that way at home, but you never know what they’re going to do when they’re out of the house.”

She expressed gratitude over the show of public support for her.

“I’m so amazed,” she said. “I’ve got these nice letters, emails, Facebook messages. It’s like, wow, there’s a whole world out there that I didn’t know. It’s really awesome.”

Mr. Sidorov, meanwhile, has received calls from CNN and the Los Angeles Times. He hopes to meet Ms. Klein or talk to her on the phone in the next few days.

“I’ve spoken to [Ms. Klein’s] sister a few times,” Mr. Sidorov said. “They love it. They are really surprised. They didn’t expect it to happen. [Ms. Klein] is everywhere now.”

His campaign was created using the crowd-funding tool Indiegogo.com, which allows users to make donations for specific projects or causes using a credit card. The money is held the length of the campaign, in this case, 30 days.

“I just can’t stand when someone picks on the little guy, you know, because I was always the little guy,” said Mr. Sidorov, who came to Canada from Ukraine in 1995.

National Post, with files from The Associated Press


Fund for bullied bus monitor Karen Klein hits $470K | News | National Post

fancylad 06-22-2012 12:20 PM

i saw that video on tv yesterday and i gotta say i felt really uncomfortable the whole time. It's really sad and shocking.

Also it's just insane what a 'gang mentality' will do to kids or teenagers. One or two of them on their own and they're poilte and quiet enough, but put em in a group of 5 or more and they inevitably turn to a group of rude, disrespectful animals. and this is going by personal experience. sad and most unfortunate.

Dark Knight 06-22-2012 12:23 PM

I forced myself to sit through that whole video the other day. It was awful. Couldn't believe how un-humane those kids were.

Shadowfax 06-22-2012 04:29 PM

Despicable behaviour !

INSIDER 06-22-2012 05:13 PM

it is horrible.
but why the hell is she getting half a million dollars?

Dark Knight 06-22-2012 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by INSIDER (Post 656824)
it is horrible.
but why the hell is she getting half a million dollars?

Because she makes a whole $15,000 a year.

Dario 06-22-2012 05:19 PM

I would sit through that to get half a million, lol.

Windex 06-22-2012 05:41 PM

could she not move to the front of the bus?

Superjudge 06-22-2012 06:58 PM

its humanity setting an example, andits a show of the true power of the internet. In any social group in nature there is going to be bad seeds, or whatever you wanna call them, and they do bad things, fight, often kill member of the group. Time and time again though nature shows that the rest of the herd typically comes to the aid of the animals being done hard by, and the bad ones are pushed from the herd, or killed.

Animals for the most part are inherently good, there is way more good done everyday than bad. We just don't get to see it on the news.

'trane 06-22-2012 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Superjudge (Post 656852)
its humanity setting an example, andits a show of the true power of the internet. In any social group in nature there is going to be bad seeds, or whatever you wanna call them, and they do bad things, fight, often kill member of the group. Time and time again though nature shows that the rest of the herd typically comes to the aid of the animals being done hard by, and the bad ones are pushed from the herd, or killed.

Animals for the most part are inherently good, there is way more good done everyday than bad. We just don't get to see it on the news.

that's pretty fucking laughable

Nites 06-22-2012 07:22 PM

It was hard to watch the whole thing but those kids should get some sort of physical punishment.

js12 06-22-2012 07:46 PM

I really hope the woman donates some of the money to charity. And on anti-bullying education. That would be a great story.

INSIDER 06-22-2012 08:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Dark Knight (Post 656826)
Because she makes a whole $15,000 a year.

And? What does her salary have to do with anything?
50k for getting bullied by 11 year olds?
Isnt that a bit ridiculous?

jeffb 06-22-2012 08:47 PM

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Originally Posted by INSIDER (Post 656868)
And? What does her salary have to do with anything?
50k for getting bullied by 11 year olds?
Isnt that a bit ridiculous?

500k

pzabby 06-22-2012 09:37 PM

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Originally Posted by INSIDER (Post 656868)
And? What does her salary have to do with anything?
50k for getting bullied by 11 year olds?
Isnt that a bit ridiculous?

I agree with Insider. Sure it wasn't nice to watch, and is despicable behavior, but 500 k? for getting bullied? Is our society that thick to not see what a massive difference 500 k could make to citizens of countries like kenya, zimbabwe, Sudan, etc? Why should ONE woman, in old age, living in a FIRST WORLD COUNTRY, ever recieve such money? Especially when yes, i'm going to say it, it's because of verbal taunts? Come on, I thought U.S citizens were smart enough to see through this.

jeffb 06-22-2012 09:43 PM

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Originally Posted by pzabby (Post 656885)
I agree with Insider. Sure it wasn't nice to watch, and is despicable behavior, but 500 k? for getting bullied? Is our society that thick to not see what a massive difference 500 k could make to citizens of countries like kenya, zimbabwe, Sudan, etc? Why should ONE woman, in old age, living in a FIRST WORLD COUNTRY, ever recieve such money? Especially when yes, i'm going to say it, it's because of verbal taunts? Come on, I thought U.S citizens were smart enough to see through this.

it's not as if she was asking for the money. this guy was trying to raise 5k to give to her to send her on a trip. it's not the guy's fault it ended up going up to this amount.

i think she should give this guy some of the money, give some to charity and enjoy the rest.

As triano would say........what 'ya gonna do?

pzabby 06-22-2012 10:59 PM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 656888)
it's not as if she was asking for the money. this guy was trying to raise 5k to give to her to send her on a trip. it's not the guy's fault it ended up going up to this amount.

i think she should give this guy some of the money, give some to charity and enjoy the rest.

As triano would say........what 'ya gonna do?

Give most of it to charity, but proper charities, which require research. A lot of them have 50 percent of the donations go to workers fees, including 15 percent of it to the CEO (well this is for NGO's). A lot of money in the right charity can make a massive difference.

INSIDER 06-22-2012 11:33 PM

I'm pretty sure that one of the kids who committed suicide due to constant bullying has some sort of fund or charity that helps youths suffering the same pressures etc. you'd think that a charity like that Would get 500k, not a 70 year old lady to go on a vacation.
I feel bad for her, but half a million dollars. She pretty much won the lottery.

jeffb 06-22-2012 11:53 PM

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Originally Posted by INSIDER (Post 656932)
you'd think that a charity like that Would get 500k, not a 70 year old lady to go on a vacation.

she was only supposed to 5,000$ for the vacation.

pzabby 06-23-2012 12:10 AM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 656940)
she was only supposed to 5,000$ for the vacation.

we're not blaming the guy, we're blaming the people who gave her that much money. well actually the guy should be blamed too, he should've, as insider said, raised the "wanted 5000" for a charity, not some old woman.


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