UPDATE: Fundraising for Bullied Bus Monitor Surges Past $440K
A heart-warming turn to a story that started so cold, and ruthless.
The Toronto man who started a fundraising campaign (hoping to raise $5,000 for a vacation) has raised more than $440,000 for a school bus monitor brought to tears by Grade Seven students.
25-year-old Max Sidorov says he sympathize with Klein because he was bullied when he came to Canada 16 years ago after leaving Ukraine.
The video shows kids verbally attacking a school bus monitor in Rochester, New York and reaction to the kids hurling degrading insults at 68-year-old Karen Klein has been strong.
In the video, the students taunt Klein with a stream of profanity laced insults, jeers and physical ridicule.
Some boys even demand to know her address, saying they want to come to her house to perform sexual acts and steal from her.
The bullying continues for about 10 minutes in the video, reducing Klein to tears and one giggling student goes as far as jabbing her arm with a book in one instance and calling her fat.
The students involved attend Greece Athena middle school.
The school district said its bullying team and the local police are conducting an investigation.
WARNING: The following video contains graphic profanity and may be offensive.