Donations to a fundraising website for a grandmother bullied by middle-school students on a bus reached $650,000 on Monday afternoon, a record for the website, after a video of the abuse topped seven million views on YouTube.
Karen Klein, a 68-year-old bus monitor from Greece, N.Y., was bullied until she cried by Greece Middle School students in a video uploaded on YouTube on Wednesday.
Brian Klein, Karen’s son, said the support the family has received has been overwhelming, and that the family was grateful for it.
The fund on indiegogo.com will take donations until July 20, after which she will get the money minus deductions by the company. A representative from indiegogo.com said Ms. Klein’s fundraiser is the fastest- and largest-grossing fundraiser in the website’s history. Previously, the website’s largest fund raised around $320,000.
Ms. Klein will receive 93 per cent of the money donated to her. Four per cent will go to indiegogo, and 3 per cent will go toward credit-card processing fees.