GREECE, NY - An ederly, 68 year-old woman will retire off of $600,000 in donations after concerned citizens donated money after watching a viral video online of the senior citizen being bullied by early teens.
Four middle school students from Athens Middle school got on the school bus like they do every day. Each day the students teased and taunted Karen Klein about her age, weight, financial background and various other things.
Mrs. Klein told WHEC in Rochester that the Monday bus ride on #784 started out as any other day. ‘Everything started out as usual,’ she told the station. ‘I don’t know what happened.’
She said that the four students who relentlessly heckled her were often full of mischief, but things quickly spiraled out of control on this particular day.
The video, which was uploaded to YouTube by a concerned student, has become a national Internet sensation, garnering more than 3 million views in 3 days.
On the video bus monitor Karen Klein trying her best to ignore the stream of profanity, insults and outright threats directed at her.
At one point, Mrs Klein turns to the teens and says with arms folded: ‘Unless you have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’
One of the kids responds:
‘Shut the f*** up,’ and then asks why there is water on her face. ‘Are you sweating?’ the student asks.
‘No, I’m crying,’ Mrs Klein says.
That didn’t stop the mean kids.. They kept right on going.
You’re so fat you’re going to die of diabetes
You’re so fat, what size bra are you – Triple Sag?
Karen, What’s your address so I can piss on your door?
Karen, If I cut you big macs and value meals would come flying out of your stomach.
Karen, what’s in your purse, how much money do you have? To which Karen responds why do you want to know.. A kid then says “I want to know how poor your old azz is? You’re so poor!
What happened to your plastic bag purse. I’m surprised you can even afford that you fat ash. “
You;re a fu**ing troll Karen.. Why are you looking at me like that, you wanna rape me..
Karen started to ask for their addresses so she could send them “thank You for being so nice” cards.
I’ll send u a phucking McDonalds coupon for 2 cents off so u can pay your rent to your father.
Did you get that purse on law-away? No she got in the fu**ing garbage can at Walgreens.. U probably got it from dollar tree or family dollar. But you don’t have a family cause thy all killed themselves cause they didn’t want to be near you.
One of her sons had committed suicide 10 years ago, msnbc.com reported.
Police became involved after a concerned student uploaded the video to Youtube.. Southwest Airlines has now offered to fly Mrs. Klein and nine of her friends to Disneyland..
Parents of one of the boys apologized and two made their kids apologize.
Kids have become intolerably mean these days.
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The video shocked a Toronto man and prompted him to launch a fundraiser to send the woman on vacation.
“I felt deeply sad for Karen,” said Max Sidorov, a 25-year-old nutritionist and graduate of York University. “I had some issues with bullying myself when I was a young kid and had just come to Canada, so I know where she’s coming from.”
The video generated an outpouring of support for Klein that spread beyond the United States. By early Friday, visitors to the international crowd funding site Indiegogo.com had pledged more than $600,000 for the grandmother of eight.
“Maybe we can send her on a great, early retirement,” said Sidorov.
Meanwhile, Klein has told police she does not want the boys to face criminal charges. She said she is happy with the swift and strong community response against the verbal attack aboard a Greece Central School District bus, authorities said Thursday.
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.”
“I had no idea. He just emailed me and said, ‘I started a fundraiser for you.’ I was so touched, I was almost crying,” said Sidorov.
Klein told NBC’s “Today” show Thursday that it took “a lot of willpower” not to respond to Monday’s jeers from at least four seventh- and eighth-grade boys riding the bus operated by the Greece Central School District, a suburban Rochester district that’s the ninth largest in the state.
“I’m not usually that calm. Just ask my kids,” Klein said during the interview. “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, however.
“I’m so amazed,” she said.
“I’ve got these nice letters, emails, Facebook messages,” Klein said. “It’s like, wow, there’s a whole world out there that I didn’t know. It’s really awesome.”