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Internet Raises More Than $30K for Bullied NY Bus Monitor: VIDEO


This morning I posted about Karen Huff Klein, a Rochester, NY school bus monitor taunted and bullied by a gang of teens in a horrific video.

The video has gone viral and after a "call to arms" on Reddit and a fundraising effort to send Huff on a vacation, internet donations have reached more than $30,000. There is also a "kindness for Karen" Facebook page.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle interviewed Karen about the incident.

Klein said she didn’t report Monday’s incident to her supervisor because the school year was nearly over. She also said she did not feel threatened and that the kids “weren’t always that bad.”

Klein also said she is hearing impaired and didn’t hear all of the taunting until she watched the video.

“I was trying to just ignore them, hoping they would go away and it doesn’t work,” Klein said. “Trust me, they didn’t go away.”

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. There was a report on Ms Klein on our local news last night (Cleveland), really surprised me. One part of the interview asked something like, "while this was going on, what did you want to do?" and she kinda smiled and said "I wanted to hurt them, but you can't do THAT!" And she grinned sadly and did an eyebrow raise. Ms Klein is a class act. And I hope there are huge repurcussions in the school district over that fact that, as she said again here, she's filed reports before and nothing ever comes of it.

    What I really want to know, tho, is what was the bus driver's part in this--it's not like this was whispered taunts, it was pretty loud, on the video, why didn't the driver pull the bus over, radio for assistance (if it's available) and take control? That's what would happen on a municipal bus. Aren't they supposed to be a team or something?

    Posted by: jim | Jun 21, 2012 4:58:10 PM

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