School bus monitor Karen Klein, 68, became a celebrity and media sensation after a video of her being bullied by grade school students went viral.
The video (which is attached to this story) has been uploaded to Youtube several times and has garnered millions of views. Klein, 68, was a bus monitor in Greece, New York when the incident occured. The video appeared on Youtube June 19.
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The incident also has led to the harassment of the students involved and their families, the Democrat and Chronicle reported. Some of the students involved had received death threats, the newspaper reported.
"It is ridiculously more than I expected," Sidorov told USAToday. "I just had an idea. It's the people who took it and ran with it."
Chris Kelly wrote a blog post for Huffington Post stating that Klein should give some of the money to the school district she worked for. Kelly wrote that Klein should refund her salary of $15,506.
"[W]hy was she there? What did she think her job was? What did the parents who put their children on the bus think? Because, for $375 a week, to ride the bus twice, she doesn't appear to be preventing very much bullying," Kelly wrote.
Klein never reported the incident to the school district, USAToday reported.
In an interview with WGRZ-TV channel 2 Klein said that she is not returning to work as a bus monitor. As for the money, Klein was asked about people who have questioned whether she was doing her job and deserved the money: "That's basically what they're saying I guess. I didn't plan this. This wasn't my idea."