ROCHESTER, N.Y. (June 21, 2012)—Karen Klein, a New York bus monitor who was taunted mercilessly by a group of students, says she hopes the children's parents see the video that went viral online and talk to them about respect.
Klein says it took "a lot of willpower" not to respond to Monday's jeers from at least four seventh- and eighth-grade boys riding the bus operated by the Greece Central School District, a suburban Rochester district.
The encounter was captured in a 10-minute video posted on YouTube showing Klein, 68, as she tried to ignore the stream of profanity, insults and outright threats.
Outrage over the taunting sparked an outpouring of support.
The international crowd-funding site Indiegogo.com raised more than $124,000 by Thursday to send the grandmother of eight on a vacation.