GREECE, New York - A New York bus monitor tortured by a group of middle school students is becoming the focus of an internet fundraising campaign.
WARNING: The below video is disturbing in nature and contains expletives.
The incident was captured in a 10 minute video posted to YouTube showing 68-year-old Karen Klein trying her best to ignore the stream of profanity, insults and outright threats directed at her.
One student even joked that her family should kill themselves.
Klein said that hurt the most, because her oldest son committed suicide 10 years ago.
Klein said she never planned to report the kids' nasty behavior, but found herself in the spotlight after cell phone video of the abuse was uploaded to YouTube.
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Shortly after the video was posted, a Toronto man saw it and decided to start an online fundraising campaign to help send the grandmother on a vacation.
Within 24 hours, the site had raised $117,783. Extra funds will be used to help Klein retire.
Klein didn't report the incident, but school officials notified police when they learned of the incident.
An investigation has been launched.
Klein said she doesn't want the kids to be criminally charged for the incident, but would at least like an apology.
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