Harassed Bus Monitor Starts Anti-Bullying Foundation

By: CNN Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: CNN Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
Karen Klein, a 68 year old grandmother from Greece, New York, who was seen in an internet video being bullied by a group of middle schoolers, is recieving support from people all over the world. Klein, who has some hearing lose, didn't even know all of the cruel things the kids said to her until she later saw the video online. All of the students involved have come forward and have spoken to the police.

Karen Klein, a 68 year old grandmother from Greece, New York, who was seen in an internet video being bullied by a group of middle schoolers, is recieving support from people all over the world. Klein, who has some hearing lose, didn't even know all of the cruel things the kids said to her until she later saw the video online. All of the students involved have come forward and have spoken to the police.

Highlights

Karen Klein, 68, has decided to start her own campaign to battle bullying

A video of the New York bus monitor being harassed by students went viral in June

Klein received more than $700,000 in donations; she's using $100,000 of that for her cause

(CNN) -- The upstate New York school bus monitor who received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations after a video of her being harassed by students went viral has decided to use some of the proceeds to start her own anti-bullying foundation.

Now retired, Karen Klein, 68, has decided to start her own campaign, called the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation, on the website giveback.org. "This is for education, for people who have been bullied," Klein told CNN affiliate WROC.

Klein was working as a middle school bus monitor when four students berated her with a stream of profanity, insults, jeers and physical ridicule.

The verbal abuse continued unabated for about 10 minutes while another student filmed the altercation on a cell phone camera.

The video posted to YouTube on June 19, where it received more than 8 million views, showed giggling students from the upstate New York community of Greece heaping insults onto her and jabbing her with a book. The grandmother of eight sits quietly, weeping at one point.

An outpouring of support for Klein resulted in a crowd-funding campaign on indiegogo.com, with an initial goal of $5,000 to send the weary bus monitor on vacation.

The campaign officially closed in late July, having raised more than $700,000 in donations from more than 32,000 people around the world.

Klein's daughter and administrator for the new anti-bullying foundation, Amanda, told CNN that her mother took home about $650,000 and will be donating $100,000 to her organization. The Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation will provide funding to various organizations and charities for anti-bullying causes.

"This is always something she's wanted to do," Amanda said.

The foundation officially kicks off in October when Klein and others start a weekly anti-bullying tour. According to Amanda, Miss Teen USA Logan West and Miss Universe Leila Lopes of Angola plan to be involved.

"The goal of the anti-bullying campaign is to help teach kids and teens about being kind, friendly and playing nicely with others," Klein says in a video on the foundation's website. "Because of my own personal bullying story, I've now decided to become an advocate of change."


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