Karen Klein, the bullied school bus monitor in a video that went viral received a cheque in Toronto on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
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TORONTO -- The 69-year-old New York state bus monitor who was bullied by a group of Grade 7 boys in a video that went viral was here Tuesday to receive a cheque for $700,000 raised by a Toronto Good Samaritan.
Rochester bus monitor Karen Klein was featured in the June video, Making the Bus Monitor Cry, that went viral. In it, a group of Grade 7 boys tease Klein that she doesn't have a family because her son committed suicide. Klein breaks down.
Torontonian Max Sidorov saw the video and felt so bad for Klein that he started fundraising online with the hopes of collecting $5,000 so she could have a vacation.
He wasn't expecting the response from 30,000 donors from 80 countries who donated $700,000.
"I couldn't even watch the video to the end and I just wanted to do something for this woman," said Sidorov, who was bullied as a child.
Klein said she felt wonderful about the generosity of so many people.
"I hope kids can learn from what happened to me and I just want to say thank you," she said.
Klein plans to set up an anti-bullying initiative called 7 Million Acts of Love Launched to Combat Bullying.
"I want to make a real change and offer free counselling for bullied kids. I want to tackle the issue of bullying," Klein said.
In October, Klein will start an anti-bullying tour in four states.
"I am looking forward to that. I feel great. This has been a wild ride. When you get bullied as an adult it is one thing, but it is different for a kid," she said. Klein added she will usesoprry, the story some of the money to pay off her house, do a little remodelling and go on a Christmas cruise.
"This has changed my life and I feel like a different person. I can't believe that people did what they did," she said.