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In this video image taken from AP video, bus monitor Karen Klein speaks during an interview in Greece, N.Y. A video of four seventh-grade boys mercilessly taunting the 68-year-old Klein that went viral has turned the victim into an international fundraising juggernaut and opened her tormentors to an onslaught of threats and abuse. (AP)
In this video image taken from AP video, bus monitor Karen Klein speaks during an interview in Greece, N.Y. A video of four seventh-grade boys mercilessly taunting the 68-year-old Klein that went viral has turned the victim into an international fundraising juggernaut and opened her tormentors to an onslaught of threats and abuse. (AP)

Toronto man’s campaign for bullied U.S. bus monitor nets almost $700,000 Add to ...

A Toronto man’s online fundraiser for a New York state school bus monitor who was bullied by her charges has netted close to $700,000 in donations from tens of thousands of people worldwide.

Max Sidorov launched the campaign a month ago after seeing a YouTube video that showed four middle school students hurling insults at 68-year-old Karen Klein while riding the school bus.

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A spokeswoman for Indiegogo, the fundraising website used in the campaign, says the tally has passed the $683,000 mark, with money pouring in from 85 countries.

That figure could still grow by the time the fundraiser ends at 11:59 p.m. PST tonight.

Four seventh graders in Greece, N.Y., have been suspended in the incident.

Mr. Sidorov, a nutritionist, has said he was motivated to act after being bullied as a child, and he hopes the grandmother of eight can use the money to retire early.

“I had some issues with bullying myself when I was a young kid and had just come to Canada, so I know where she’s coming from,” Mr. Sidorov said of Ms. Klein last month.

“Maybe we can send her on a great, early retirement.”

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