Bullied bus monitor plans to retire with money raised
Bus monitor Karen Klein, of Greece, N.Y., holds flowers as she is welcomed to an award ceremony in her honor at a radio station, in Boston on Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP / Steven Senne)
Published Sunday, July 22, 2012 2:52PM EDT
GREECE, N.Y. - An American school bus monitor who was verbally abused and tormented by students is now mulling over what to do with her embarrassment of riches.
A video showing Karen Klein being tormented and insulted on the bus ended up online and caught the eye of a Canadian who launched a fundraising drive to pay for a holiday.
Max Sidirov wanted to raise $5,000 dollars, but donors kicked in more than $700,000 by the time his campaign wrapped up Friday night.
Klein, 68, says she plans to invest some of the money, travel, help out her two daughters and donate to charity.
The Rochester, New York woman says she won't be returning to work in the fall and is planning to retire.
Klein has been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the public, something she says made her feel even better than money.
The school system in the nearby town of Greece has suspended four seventh-grade students for a year.