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Bullied Bus Monitor Discusses Plans for $650,000 Windfall: VIDEO

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The online fundraiser for Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor, has grown to more than $650,000. She appeared on the Today show this morning to discuss the week's events and what she would do with the mounting funds contributed by anonymous internet donors.

Klein said she would invest some of the money, contribute some to charity, and share it with her children.

"I want kids to stop bullying," Klein said.

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  1. Ma'am, just stay out of the air marshall field, K?

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jun 25, 2012 3:48:18 PM


  2. Share it with her children? Her children weren't bullied.

    How about establishing an anti-bullying program in the school district where she works?

    Posted by: Better Idea | Jun 25, 2012 3:49:27 PM


  3. At least she's not making a donation to the Tea Party.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jun 25, 2012 3:53:25 PM


  4. of course she'll share it with her kids and probably donate to an anti-bullying campaign

    Posted by: gomez | Jun 25, 2012 4:09:55 PM


  5. Junior high kids are the spawn of hell.

    If it hadn't been caught on camera the admn would be making it a "kids will be kids" moment. I worked at a junior high part-time in college and they started in on me because I carried a briefcase. According to them it was a purse so they started in with homophobic harassment. They are like a pack of wolves--relentless and without pity. I would rather work in a prison.

    The fake apologies of these sociopathic brats is worth less than the paper they are written on.

    Posted by: Mario | Jun 25, 2012 4:14:07 PM


  6. They ought to hire physically strong adults who could crush those little worms when they act up. But, human nature being what it is, they wouldn't act up if they thought they might be smacked down. Corporal punishment, especially for teenage boys, is sometimes a GOOD thing.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 25, 2012 4:19:49 PM


  7. It's her money so she'll spend it how she pleases. Making statements of how she should spend it is just another form of bullying. It's nobody's business

    Posted by: Ace | Jun 25, 2012 4:23:40 PM


  8. How much money is she really going to get? There are a whole lot of smoke blowers on line.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 25, 2012 5:03:06 PM


  9. Andrew,

    You're right about there being a lot of "smoke blowers on line" but if you go into the donation area for Karen the person making the donation needs to provide a form of payment (credit card) in order to complete the donation form. It would appear that the donation amount total is from people who made a commitment to pay what they pledged.

    Posted by: Don | Jun 25, 2012 5:22:34 PM


  10. @Ace: Calling someone a bully and saying that it's none of their business is another form of bullying. And it's none of your business anyway what my opinion is. You may disagree, but that gives you no right to bully.

    Posted by: Better Idea | Jun 25, 2012 5:29:41 PM


  11. are the donations taxable, like lottery winnings? I agree, it would be nice if she used some of it for anti bullying efforts, or maybe a scholarship.

    Posted by: grego | Jun 25, 2012 5:33:36 PM


  12. MOST OF IT WILL GO TO TAXES AND OTHER SUNDRY EXPENSES WHICH ONE ACCRUES AFTER HAVING OBTAINED SOME SMALL MEASURE OF CELEBRITY.

    Posted by: THE QUEEN | Jun 25, 2012 6:14:06 PM


  13. IT WOULD BE SELFISH TO KEEP MOST OF THE MONEY.....Get a good lawyer, set up a foundation, and use all but $100,000 on anti-bullying campaigns.
    You deserve a nice reward, and maybe a bit for your kids, but profiting from bullying is not really cool.

    Posted by: Bob | Jun 25, 2012 6:40:28 PM


  14. @Grego: Since the total amount is made up of many small pledges ($1-$100) from many people, it is not taxable. This has been confirmed on the fundraiser's webpage.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 25, 2012 7:09:37 PM


  15. This woman was supposed to be "monitering" the bus. It was her job to control the children. Why didn't she stand up to them? Why didn't she tell the bus driver to stop the bus? Why didn't she get up and tell the bus driver to drive back to the school and let the principal deal? This video is evidence that she is not capable of doing her job. I have worked with children this age for 30 years and I know if she knew what she was doing she would not have just sat there and taken it. There is something very fishy about this whole story and the fact that she has profited from it makes it even more dubious.

    Posted by: Joseph | Jun 25, 2012 8:38:03 PM


  16. I can not believe some of the negative comments posted. I watched the video and I am sure most days were fine on the bus, but what those boys did was downright cruel. Karen did not engage them and it appeared she was hoping they would stop. I am sure she cared for all the kids on that bus. The boys brought it to the attention of everyone by posting it. Karen has every right to spend the "donations" as she sees fit. No one is to judge her, you were not on the bus or in the situation. Why some always have to post negative comments, i wont mention you, but what a lonely life you must live, you are as cruel as those boys by even suggesting what she is to do with the money given out of generosity, this story touched so many lives, it could be your mother or grandmother. If you want to attack and bully me now for posting I only say "bring it"

    Posted by: Patrick | Jun 25, 2012 9:16:07 PM


  17. For 600K you can abuse my ass like a Penn State football coach all night. Come on folks, are we such a country that we solve problems by throwing money around. She didn't suffer a financial loss so moral support seems more appropriate.

    Posted by: terry | Jun 25, 2012 9:17:16 PM


  18. The money was donated for the woman ... she is free to do with it as she pleases, even if that means donating it to the Tea Party (which I doubt she would, having "seen the light".

    Posted by: John | Jun 26, 2012 12:12:16 AM


  19. Once the dust has settled on this incident, the school district should hire people who are physically able to handle untamed adolescents.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 26, 2012 1:24:57 AM


  20. I say schools should be free to physically assault bullies. Parents: you f*cked each other and a spawn came out....if YOU can't parent your brat. SOCIETY WILL!

    This whole idea that kids are so fragile...BULL. Beat the shyt out of them when they act up like this and they won't act up

    Posted by: AJ | Jun 26, 2012 2:27:16 AM


  21. Can't stand kids. Especially those coming from machismo hetero households. Devilish. And all parents think their kids are sooo special and cute. No they are not. They are annoying, and some of them like the kids on that bus have no moral conscience. Keep them away from me and stop bringing them to nice restuarants for God sakes. WE DON'T THINK THEY ARE CUTE!

    Posted by: Fiat | Jun 26, 2012 2:28:45 AM


  22. The fund was set up so she could take a nice vacation, what she does with it is up to her. If the people who gave it wanted it to go to anti bullying programs, there are places online for that. When you give a gift, it's not up to you what the receiver does with the gift, and if you didn't give her money, you really should STFU about what she does with it.

    Posted by: Armando | Jun 26, 2012 6:05:37 AM


  23. If you watch the interview, when HER DAUGHTER suggested some for charity, Karen pointed to her daughter! Karen needs to give this more thought, because her words sounded very self-centered. I can't believe our economy is really that bad when people have $650,000 to throw away.

    Posted by: David | Jun 26, 2012 7:32:21 AM


  24. I caught that point gesture toward her daughter when charity was mentioned. She should take a vacation, as intended, and even bring along her family, but she could really do some good for the community by sponsoring the anti-bully programs…..even if it is to install cameras at the front of the bus and classrooms where behavior like this can be called out and dealt with instead of he-said/she said style.

    Posted by: JNT | Jun 26, 2012 11:09:18 AM


  25. Good liberals we got here, spending other peoples' money...

    Posted by: Jack | Jun 26, 2012 11:40:21 AM


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