Bullied bus monitor keeps a low profile

Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor, has kept a low profile despite receiving a hefty sum of money from people who sympathized with her as she went through an ordeal a year ago.

Karen Klein
Karen Klein (Photo credit: www.hlntv.com)
The Associated Press reports on Yahoo! News that Klein didn’t buy anything for home improvement or even a car. The 69-year-old former bus monitor, who’s now retired, reportedly said she’s still “a regular old lady.”

In June 2012, Klein gained widespread media attention after a video showing her being bullied by four adolescent boys from the Greece Central School District in Rochester, New York, went viral online.

One of the seventh-graders taunted: “You don’t have a family because they all killed themselves because they don’t want to be near you.” The AP report noted that her oldest son committed suicide more than ten years ago.

More than 32,000 people from 84 countries pledged $703,873 in donations to send Klein on vacation, an online campaign initiated by 25-year-old Canadian Max Sidorov, who described the overwhelming response as “ridiculously more than I expected.”

She used $100,000 to establish the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation, spent some for family members and friends, and the rest are reserved for retirement, the report said.

Klein traveled to several cities to promote her foundation, participated in a WNBA anti-bullying event, and has been invited to appear on the show “Raising McCain,” top billed by Arizona senator John McCain’s daughter, Meghan.

As to the bullies, one of them came to her home with his parents to say sorry while the others only sent apology letters, Klein reportedly said.