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Bullied Bus Monitor Now $700,000 Richer Thanks To Indiegogo Campaign (SocialTimes)
The life of 68-year-old bus monitor Karen Klein changed forever when a video of her being bullied by schoolchildren went viral on YouTube. Now, she plans to retire, after an Indiegogo campaign has left her with more than $700,000. AP A spokeswoman for the crowdfunding company said more than 30,000 people worldwide contributed, with donations coming in from at least 84 countries and all 50 states. Max Sidorov, the 25-year-old Canadian who came up with the idea for the monthlong campaign, said he was moved by the 10-minute video posted online showing Klein enduring profanity, insults and threats from middle school students. National Post Sidirov initially launched the fundraising drive to pay for a holiday — he had set the initial fundraising target for $5,000. “I still don’t know how that happened,” said Sidirov. The Times and Democrat The school system in the town of Greece, N.Y., has suspended four seventh-grade students for a year. Sidorov said he will soon launch a new drive with a goal of $7 million to combat bullying with counseling, a television series and a nonprofit social media website. The Daily Dot In the past month and four days, Klein has already gone on trips to Boston, New York City, Disneyland, New Orleans and a handful of other less- public locales of her choice thanks to such charitable outlets as the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort and country music star Tim McGraw. She has appeared on television, showing up on the sets of The Today Show, Fox & Friends, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, and more, and has become an unofficial spokeswoman for the thwarting of bullying. Read more