What should she do with the money? Do you think she's entitled to all of the final amount raised? About the boys, what do you think would be the most suitable punishment?Donations for a 68-year-old school bus monitor bullied by seventh-graders outside Rochester, N.Y., have topped $650,000, and she's looking beyond the intended "vacation of a lifetime" for how to dispose of her windfall."What would anybody do with that much money? I would like to invest some," Karen Klein, of suburban Greece, said during an interview on NBC's Today show, a week after a video of the cruel taunting went viral.
The grandmother of eight also plans to give some of the money to charity and to help her children. "They need cars, they need, they need, they need ? it never ends,'' she said, jokingly.
The donation campaign -- which runs for 26 more days -- was started by Max Sidorov in Toronto, Canada.
"She doesn't earn nearly enough ($15,506) to deal with some of the trash she is surrounded by. Lets give her something she will never forget, a vacation of a lifetime!" he wrote.
Klein and her daughter will meet Sidorov on Wednesday in Rochester.
Klein is overwhelmed by the donations and attention. But she made it clear during today's Today interview that the bigger picture is the problem of bullying.
"I want kids to stop bullying,'' she said. "Maybe they could start up a class in school to teach these kids not to do stuff like that.''
Two of the four boys have sent Klein short, written apologies, and the mother of one boy wrote a longer apology. One boy's father apologized in person.
Klein hopes to speak to the boys in person at some point.
"Actually, I would like to, eventually, not right away, ask them why they did it,'' she told NBC's Ann Curry, adding that she wants "an apology and an explanation.''
The 10-minute clip, "Making the Bus Monitor Cry,'' has been viewed more than 7 million times on YouTube.
I hope she uses the money and retires. I dont think she should give it to charity, it was charity given to her.
I am not sure what should happen to the children involved, I couldnt even stomach watching the whole clip. I do hope that the punishment is big, and makes a lasting impression. I also do think they should be banned from ever riding the bus again, and the parents should have to be in charge of getting them to school
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
Why shouldn't she keep the money?
As for the boys, that's a tough one. They should definitely have their bus privileges revoked and suspended from school. If what they did was criminal, that should be looked into as well. If it happened to me, I might be tempted to sue them in civil court for an amount large enough to send a message and then donate that to an anti-bullying charity.
I find the whole incident sad. I hope it is a wake-up call to a lot of parents that even your kid is capable of following the crowd in doing the wrong thing.
She absolutely should keep the money? Why is there any expectation of her to donate to charity? That's ridiculous.
This whole thing made sad. Peer pressure is strong but there had to be 1 jerk who instigated it...gross actions. I hope they all carry the embarrassment forever and I hope they always remember how much they hurt her.
Mom to E and C
I don't think there's a general expectation that she should donate the money to charity, but I've heard some talk that she should use part of the money to set up some kind of anti-bullying program/education in her local area, or for the school the boys attend.
I personally would not find fault in spending all the money on herself and her family. She can retire now.
Some of the parents of the boys have personally apologized, but I don't think Karen was very accepting of the apologies. Maybe they weren't very genuine, IDK. I think the boys should have to personally say they're sorry, face to face. Though, I doubt that would have much of a lasting effect on them. I don't think they care.
Well, I would find it awesome if she did but I do not think and would never think she would have to. She was a bus driver for years before being a monitor. I'm sure this isn't the first time it has happened. She should take that money and run lol!
I wouldn't have accepted their apologies after the delay in giving them. Seems...forced.
Mom to E and C
Good!WHEC reported that during the one-year suspension, each student will attend an alternative program at the district’s reengagement center. They will also be required to complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens and will also have to complete a formal program in bullying prevention, respect and responsibility