Bullied bus monitor remains kind a year after incident, donates money to anti-bullying foundation

Posted at 3:56 PM, Jun 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-25 21:37:36-04

GREECE, NY (PIX11) – It’s been one year since Karen Klein, a New York bus monitor, was recorded being bullied on a school bus by three middle school boys.

The middle school boys were seen yelling in Klein’s face and at one point, threatening to cut her throat.

To which Klein simply responded, “Unless you have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

Klein’s story spread quickly over the Internet, capturing the attention of news outlets and viewers around the world.

An online collection plate, in honor of Klein’s kindness and to send her on vacation, was started and raised $703,873 in donations.

So what has the the bus monitor whose kindness infected the entire world do now? The answer – the same as before.

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It’s one year later and Klein has remained living the same lifestyle as she did before her attack went viral — and the money flowed in.

With the exception of retiring, which is something she wouldn’t have been able to do without the donations, the 69-year-old grandma has saved most of the money, hoping to buy a motor home one day and travel around the country.

Klein also spent some of the donations helping friends and family.

However, she doesn’t stop helping there. Klein reportedly used $100,000 to jump start the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation, which has promoted its message of kindness at concerts and through books.

The foundation recently partnered with the Moscow Ballet to raise awareness of cyberbullying as the dance company tours the United States and Canada.

Klein hopes that  the boys learned a lesson, although, she believes there is a possibility they didn’t and that the whole attack may have been a big joke to them.

As for her the impact that she’s made, she laughs and says, “I’m just a regular old lady.”

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