Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

A $650,000 windfall for bullied U.S. grandmother

Video of bus monitor Karen Klein’s abuse has reached seven million hits on YouTube.

Donations to a fundraising website for a grandmother bullied by middle-school students on a bus reached $650,000 on Monday afternoon, a record for the website, after a video of the abuse topped seven million views on YouTube.

Karen Klein, a 68-year-old bus monitor from Greece, N.Y., was bullied until she cried by Greece Middle School students in a video uploaded on YouTube on Wednesday.

Brian Klein, Karen's son, said the support the family has received has been overwhelming, and that the family was grateful for it.

Story continues below advertisement

The fund on indiegogo.com will take donations until July 20, after which she will get the money minus deductions by the company. A representative from indiegogo.com said Ms. Klein's fundraiser is the fastest- and largest-grossing fundraiser in the website's history. Previously, the website's largest fund raised around $320,000.

Ms. Klein will receive 93 per cent of the money donated to her. Four per cent will go to indiegogo, and 3 per cent will go toward credit-card processing fees.

Report an error
Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at privacy@globeandmail.com.