Bus Monitor Bullying Video

Bus Monitor Bullying Video

Updated Jun 20, 2018 at 09:37AM EDT by Don.

Added Jun 20, 2012 at 07:01PM EDT by BalisticDerr.

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Bus Monitor Bullying Video is a YouTube video of Greece, New York resident Karen Klein being bullied by a group of middle schoolers while sitting on a school bus in June of 2012. After Internet communities became aware of the video, Klein received a significant amount of sympathy and donations from online strangers.


YouTuber CapitalTrigga uploaded a video titled "Making The Bus Monitor Cry" on June 19th, 2012, which featured Athena Middle School bus monitor Karen Klein being verbally harassed by several students calling her "fat" and "poor." In the video description, CapitalTrigga revealed that he found the video on Facebook and was not present during the taping of the incident. Within two days, the video accumulated over 1.8 million views and 45,000 comments.

Notable Developments

Online Reaction

On June 20th, 2012, Redditor jelloleaf submitted the video in a post titled "Kids call bus monitor 'fat' until she cries and they still don't stop"[1], accumulating over 4,800 up votes and 3,100 comments within 24 hours. The same day, Redditor JDHalfbreed submitted a post titled “Hey guys, can we find a way to brighten Karen’s (the bus monitor) day?” to the /r/AskReddit[9] subreddit, where Redditor pilvy replied with audio recordings of a Rochester, New York radiocast featuring several 4chan guest call-ins. Also on June 20th, a "Kindness for Karen" Facebook[11] page was launched, which received over 4,100 likes within 24 hours.

Indiegogo Donations

On June 20th, 2012, Redditor Heavyballsareheavy submited a post to the /r/Assistance[8] subreddit titled "Lets Give Karen (The Bus Monitor) H. Klein A Vacation of a Lifetime!", which linked to an Indiegogo[4] page where people could donate money to Klein. On June 20th, the video was posted in a thread in the /b/ (random board) on 4chan[2], where several users replied with links to the Indiegogo donation page and a Pastebin[3] file supposedly containing the bullying students’ personal information. This initially led some people to speculate the fundraiser was a scam, but it soon became evident that the donations were real

thread File: 1340222328317.png-(107 KB, 311x316, 1340215869510342u89e.png) O Anonymous (ID: KHMRPahC) 06/20/12(Wed)15:58:48 No.407322376 NEW THREAD KAREN THE BUS MONITOR http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature player_embedded&v 193wAqnPQwk Anonymous (ID: vozz1bPo) 06/20/12(Wed)16:00:39 No.407322725 http://pastebin.com/YrdGffWN Anonymous (ID: ZZhoc5A4) 06/20/12(Wed)16:00:41 No.407322737 Donation page, over $9000 http://www.indiegogo.com/loveforkarenhklein?c=home

At 7:00pm EST, Redditor sanfrustration submitted a post to the /r/bestof[6] subreddit revealing that the Indiegogo donation page had received over $26,000 in donations. At 12:10pm EST on June 21st, Redditor razorsheldon updated his “Call to Arms”[7] post to report that more than $196,000 had been pledged. As of 2:40pm EST on June 21st, 2012, the page has received over $264,000 worth of donations.

Lets Give Karen -The bus monitor- H Klein A Vacation! Karen Huff (The bus monitor) deserves a vacation! Team: Location: Greece, New York, United States Category: Community See more Campaign Home Updates /37 Comments/7084 Funders /9674 Making The Bus Monitor Cry Like More info $194,537 Raised of $5,000 Goal 30 dtays left Flexible Funding campaign This campaign will receive all of the funds contributed by Fri Jul 20 at 11:59PM PT

News Media Coverage

On June 20th, 2012, the incident was subsequently covered by several news sites including Hyper Vocal[19], Mashable[20], The Huffington Post[21], Gothamist[22], Gawker[23] and The Daily What.[24] On June 21st, the story was reported by mainstream news media outlets including NPR[17], CNN[18] and CBS.[16]

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Google News timeline of articles covering the story.

The same day, the Rochester, New York news site Democrat and Chronicle[15] published an interview with Klein (shown below, left), in which Klein said she would like to receive a letter of apology from the bullies. Also on June 21st, Klein appeared on The Today Show[14] (shown below, right), where host Matt Lauer called the children "narrow-minded monsters."

On June 26th, Karen Klein met with the Redditor who started the IndieGoGo fundraiser campaign, whose identity was revealed as 25-year-old nutritionist Max Sidorov from Toronto, Canada. During their meeting at Klein's home in Greece, New York, Sidorov said he was once a victim of bullying and felt that he had to do something after seeing the video. The following day, Klein and Sidorov's meeting was broadcast on ABC's morning news program Good Morning America.

Fundraiser Ends

On July 20th, the IndieGoGo fundraiser for Karen Klein's summer vacation ended with a grand total of $703,873 contributed by 32,271 people. On July 22nd, Klein spoke with the local news stations YNN[27], revealing that she planned to retire from her bus monitor job, which pays an annual salary of $15,000, and would be investing in the stock market and donating a percentage to charities.

"I want to thank everyone for everything they’ve done for me, and I can’t possibly thank each one individually. So, I guess a general announcement would be, thank you everybody."

On August 23rd, the Internet culture news blog The Daily Dot[26] published an article revealing that Klein was using $100,000 to launch the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation.

Search Interest

External References

[1] Reddit – Kids call bus monitor fat until she cries and they still don't stop.


[3] Pastebin – Help the Bus Lady

[4] Indiegogo – Let's Give Karen the bus monitor a vacation!

[5] The Daily What – Abused Bus Monitor Responds

[6] Reddit – Redditor helps rally support for Karen, the bullied bus monitor and in the process shatters his $5,000 goal by $26k and counting!

[7] Reddit – Call to Arms. Please read.

[8] Reddit – Let's Give Karen (The Bus Monitor) H. Klein A Vacation Of a Lifetime

[9] Reddit – Hey guys, can we find a way to brighten Karen's (the bus monitor) day?

[10] IHeart – WHAM 1180

[11] Facebook – Kindness for Karen

[12] Jezebel – Cruelly Taunted Bus Monitor Tells Matt Lauer She Wants The Boys to Be Punished

[13] 9WSYR – School monitor bullied in web video speaks out

[14] MSNBC – School bus monitor doesn't want really nasty kid charge

[15] Democrat and Chronicle – Karen Klein and the words we live by

[16] CBS – Bullied School Bus Monitor finds Online Support

[17] NPR – Bullied Bus Monitor Wants Apology, But Still Believes All Kids Aren't Bad

[18] CNN – Middle schoolers bully bus monitor, 68, with stream of profanity, jeers

[19] Hyper Vocal – Teens Bully Elderly Female Bus Monitor, Internet Responds With Kindness

[20] Mashable – Internet Gives Harassed Bus Monitor a $240,000 Vacation [UPDATED]

[21] The Huffington Post – Karen Huff Klein Bullying Video

[22] Gothamist – Schoolkids Reduce Elderly Bus Matron To Tears

[23] Gawker – New York Schoolkids Mercilessly Taunt Elderly Bus Monitor

[24] The Daily What – This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

[25] ABC – N.Y. Bullied Bus Monitor Meets the Man Behind the Donations

[25] Rochester YNN – Karen Klein Continues to Cherish All the Support

[26] The Daily Dot – Bullied Bus Monitor Karen Klein Uses Donated Cash to Launch Anti-Bullying Foundation

[27] YNN – Karen Klein Continues to Cherish All the Support

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