Outrage has erupted after a 10-minute viral video of Karen Huff Klein has surfaced. She was seen wiping away tears after being relentlessly name-called and threatened by middle school students. Watch her interview with TODAY below.
Karen Huff Klein, a bus monitor in the Greece Central School District in upstate New York suffered humiliating taunts and epithets.
The YouTube video of the 68-year-old widow has been seen more than a million times.
District officials phoned police on June 20 after viewing the video. The students involved have been questioned and officials are debating whether to bring any formal charges.
In a June 21 interview with TODAY, Karen spoke about how she has never been this upset, that it took willpower not to retaliate.
“I want the boys punished, but I don’t know how,” she told interviewer Matt Lauer. “It made me feel really terrible, but I will get over it. I’ve gotten over everything else.”
She had strong words for the parents of the children who bullied her: ”I’m sorry that your sons acted the way they did. I’m sure they don’t act that way at home, but you never know what they’re going to do when they’re out of the house.”
She added: “They should’ve been taught to respect their elders no matter who it is.”
In a happy turn of events, the Daily Mail reports that widespread reaction of the video has caused donors from across the country to raise more than $166,000 to give Karen the vacation she’s always dreamed of.
Her June 21 interview with TODAY:
June 22 EDIT: More footage of the horrible bullying has surfaced and on different days, which mean the bullying has happened on more than one occasion:
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