ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The viral video of a 68-year-old school bus monitor in New York mercilessly taunted by seventh graders has become an international rallying point against bullying.
A fund for Karen Klein, the grandmother who was the target of the abuse, swiftly raised more than a quarter-million dollars. At the same time, a deluge of people are demanding harsh punishment for the boys.
Police said Klein does not want her young tormenters to face criminal charges, in part because of the storm of criticism the boys from the Rochester suburb of Greece are enduring.
The verbal abuse was captured in a 10-minute cellphone video recorded Monday by an Athena Middle School student and later posted to YouTube. It had more than 2 million views by Thursday afternoon.