By now you have likely heard the appalling story of the vicious bullying endured by Karen Klein, a 68-year-old bus monitor from the Greece School District in Greece, New York.
Video captured of Klein being taunted mercilessly by a group of middle school students riding the bus for which she served as monitor has captured the attention of the nation and has been viewed over 2.6 million times since it was uploaded on Wednesday.
The Today Show‘s Matt Lauer interviewed Klein about the incident and Klein says she is overwhelmed by the kindness and support she has received from strangers who have rallied behind her since watching the video.
“I am amazed, I am so amazed,” Klein said. “I’ve gotten the nicest letters, emails, Facebook messages, and it’s like wow, there’s a whole world out there that I didn’t know.”
During the interview, Lauer can hardly contain his disgust for Klein’s tormenters, calling them “narrow-minded monsters” and apologizing to Klein as a parent. Klein, who is a total class act, has refused to press criminal charges on the boys, and when asked by Lauer what she would say to the parents of these children, replied, “I’m sorry that your sons acted the way they did. I’m sure they don’t act that way at home, but you never know what they’re going to do when they’re out of the house.”
An online fundraiser has already raised over $300,000 for Klein, who was a bus driver for over twenty years and has spent the last three years as an attendant, for which she earns only $15,506 a year.
The local police department and school officials say they will continue their investigation into the incident. Greece Central School District Assistant Superintendent Deborah Hoeft told reporters that any student found to be involved in the incident would face strong disciplinary action.
Watch Klein’s interview with Matt Lauer in the video below.