Fund for bullied grandmother tops $500,000

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 22, 2012 12:16 PM
Fund for bullied grandmother tops $500,000

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Only 48 hours after a video of 68-year-old grandmother Karen Klein being bullied went viral on the Internet, an online fund for her has topped $500,000 in donations.

Just before noon on Friday, the fund for the bus monitor with eight grandchildren, bullied by middle school students until she cried in the video, passed half-a-million dollars in donations.

The fund, on, will continue to collect donations until July 20, after which the money will be given to Klein.

On Thursday, Southwest Airlines gave Klein a three-night trip for 10 people to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Brooks Thomas, a spokesperson for Southwest, said it was done because "she deserves a vacation right now."

On CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Klein's bullies from the video apologized to her. One said, "I feel really bad about what I did. I wish I had never done those things."

Klein said on CNN, "I want them to make sure that they never do this again to anybody."

(Reporting By Joseph O'Leary; Editing by Doina Chiacu)