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A $650,000 windfall for bullied U.S. grandmother

Video of bus monitor Karen Klein’s abuse has reached seven million hits on YouTube.

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.

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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.

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