Karen Huff Klein is a hearing-impaired 68-year old bus monitor from upstate New York and employed by the Greece Central School District. Klein had a rise to fame after a ten-minute video dubbed Making The Bus Monitor Cry went viral on the internet. The video featured Luis Recio, Wesley Helm, Brandon Teng, and Joshua Slesak insulting Klein. The students taunted her by saying that they want to go to Klein's house, perform sexual acts on her and steal from her. They also threatened to stab her with their knives and set a pitbull dog on her. The video was originally uploaded on Facebook, however a YouTube user named "CapitalTrigga" uploaded the video onto YouTube on June 19, 2012. The video later went on to surpass over 1.6 million views. Soon after the video went viral, an Indiegogo user, who has been identified as Max Sidorov from Toronto, started a fundraiser campaign, with a goal of $5,000, to help give Klein a vacation. The $5,000 goal was more than shattered as the campaign has received over $200,000 and still has 30 more days to raise funds. An Indiegogo spokesperson stated that the website is in touch with Klein, who will be receiving all the money raised until the scheduled end of fundraiser; July 20, 2012. Outside of the fundraiser, Klein has had massive support by others including Reddit user "razorsheldon" who posted a call to arms in support of Klein. The call to arms has produced several comments showing love and support.
- ↑ Meagan M. McDermott (2012-06-21). Fundraising goes viral for victim of school bus taunting. USA Today. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
- ↑ Neetzan Zimmerman (2012-06-20). New York Schoolkids Mercilessly Taunt Elderly Bus Monitor [UPDATE]. Gawker. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
- ↑ Fox and Friends (2012-06-21). Karen Klein, the Bus Monitor Mercilessly Bullied by Middle Schoolers, Speaks Out on Fox and Friends. Fox News Insider. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
- ↑ Alison Schwartz (2012-06-21). Karen Klein, School Bus Monitor, Feels Sorry for Kids Who Bullied Her. People Magazine. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
- ↑ Faith Karimi (2012-06-21). Middle schoolers bully bus monitor, 68, with stream of profanity, jeers. CNN. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
- ↑ CapitalTrigga (2012-06-19). Making The Bus Monitor Cry. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
- ↑ Max S. Lets Give Karen -The bus monitor- H Klein A Vacation!. Indiegogo. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
- ↑ Joseph O'Leary (2012-06-21). Fund for bullied New York grandmother tops $185,000 ... and rising. Reuters. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
- ↑ Video of Karen Klein, elderly school bus monitor, being verbally abused goes viral, sparks charity. CBS News (2012-06-21). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
- ↑ msnbc.com staff (2012-06-20). Vacation of a lifetime pledged for bus monitor bullied in viral video. MSNBC. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
- ↑ Laura Hibbard (2012-06-20). Karen Huff Klein Bullying Video: Upsetting Footage Causes Community Outrage (VIDEO) (UPDATE). Huffington Post. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
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