A journalist checks out the fundraising website indiegogo.com on June 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. indiegogo.com started accepting donations, aiming to raise $5,000 USD to send bus monitor Karen Klein on a vacation. By Thursday afternoon, it had collected a whopping $245,000 USD from more than 8,800 people and continues to grow. A 10-minute video of Klein, an elderly school bus monitor in New York state jeered by cussing children provoked outrage and online fundraising will now pay for a vacation. In the video, shot on a cell phone on Monday and posted subsequently on Facebook and YouTube, Karen Klein tries her best to ignore taunts such as 'fat ass' and 'asshole' from kids in the town of Greece, near Rochester. The 12- and 13-year-olds teased the 68-year-old grandmother of eight about her weight, her hearing aid, her hairdo. One leans in and says he will 'piss on your door,' while others make rude gestures and laugh. Klein did not report the harassment but the video -- captured by a kid on the Greece Athena Middle School bus -- was viewed by more than two million people online and led to an outpouring of support for the bullied monitor. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)
21 Jun 2012
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