The video is disturbing. Shot on a cell phone, the 10-minute clip shows a team of 12- and 13-year-old boys harassing their 68-year-old school bus monitor, Karen Klein, with insults, profanity and threats. But since the kids from Greece, New York uploaded the bullying video to YouTube, Klein has received an international outpouring of sympathy–and cash.
Earlier this week, the fundraising website indiegogo.com began accepting donations for Klein, aiming to raise $5,000 to send her on a vacation. It’s now collected more than $450,000.
Klein appeared on the Anderson Cooper show Thursday, where Cooper read her apology statements from two of the boys.
I am so sorry for the way I treated you,” one of the students, named Josh, said in a statement. “When I saw the video I was disgusted and could not believe I did that.”
But “even if he wasn’t picking on me, it was something else,” Klein told Cooper. “So I just don’t think I would believe anything Josh had to say.”
Klein, a grandmother of eight, said she doesn’t want to press charges, but she hopes the parents of the bullies watch the video and talk to their children about being “a little more respectful.”
Dozens of people, including one by a 15-year-old student in New York, have posted videos on YouTube in support of respect for Klein and and older people.
Friday Quick Hits:
- Readers slow to borrow e-books from library. A new survey from Pew Research Center found only about 12 percent of e-book users downloaded digital works from the public library. Many were frustrated by limited selection or library e-books not being compatible with their devices. Others said they didn’t know if their local libraries offered e-releases.
- Women falling behind at money management. In 2011, omen were disproportionately less likely than men to pay credit card balances in full each month, have an emergency savings fun or feel confident in their understanding of stocks, bonds and mutual funds, according to a new study.
- Washington senior fights off police shooter with cane. Mary Rock, 87, drove an intruder from her home by hitting him repeatedly with her cane. The intruder, who had just shot two police officers, drove off in Rock’s car and was killed in a chase with police.
- Illinois retirees lose promised health benefits. More than 80,000 retired public employees in Illinois will lose their low-cost or free health insurance coverage, under legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday.