Internet Campaign Raises $650,000 for Bullied Bus Monitor

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abowlofsoda

I read every comment haha you people are so opinionated. It cracks me up.

Anyhow- people donated and how was anyone to know how much she would end up with. Who cares how much it is? If it was me I'd take the money and run. I could give 2 sheits about what anyone thinks once it hits MY account. Money rules.

There is an obvious bullying problem these days and I fear for my 4yo's future. I hope I can teach him enough to defend himself without getting into trouble while at the same time keeping him from becoming a bully.

Man things are depressing these days. What is going on- its retarded.

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Duck Dodgers

My favorite part was when this story reached two pages of comments, and it doesn't have anything to do with PC technology. I though we were tech enthusiast, though it seems many of us are just lurking until gossip/troll headlines appear on the main page.

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Major Dilly

It does not answer my question!!

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Major Dilly

My last comment, and I know I am an idiot and beyond the scope of the new social interactions!!
Please can somebody tell me what a bus monitor is?
Is the job description that they are supposed to intervene during disruptions on the bus or just observe.
If they just observe, that is a pretty cushy job.
If they intervene because of misbehavior was she was lax?
Am I wrong?

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Rift2

Rasing kids on PCs can cause this to happen.

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WarpathPS

Boy the Marxist hate runs deep on this forum ehh? Nobody owes you anything, and nobody needs to donate anything because YOU think it is a good cause. Respect individual rights you little wannabe H itlers. Think about what you people are spewing; because everything comes full circle.

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Gezzer

Yes, over 600K+ is a obscene amount of cash and is out of proportion to the injury suffered.
Yes there are people/s who may have a greater need then Mrs. Klein.
Yes the money would have a much bigger impact if it was given to a charity.
Etc. etc. etc.

BUT this has nothing to do with any of the objections raised. It's a gift given in good faith to a person that obviously has had a life of eating sh@t. Do you think anyone that donated is freaked out about where the total is? If they were it would of never reached that total. Sure life isn't fair, and we all have our hard luck stories. I have one and it isn't pretty, but so what? This isn't about me or any one else other then Mrs. Klein.
Sometimes it's hard to show someone you care and feel for them and what they've gone threw. Did Mrs. Klein ask for the money? No. It was freely given to her in the hopes it would make her life better. Although I know it wouldn't happen, she could spend the money on hookers and blow for all I care. As long as it made her happy, because I think that's the goal.
She deserves the chance to have some dreams come true. Hopefully the money will give her a chance to create some happy memories to balance out any bad ones.

Why is it so hard for some people to be happy for others when something great happens to them?

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TechLarry

I hope she gets every penny.

And I hope the kids are punished as they should be.

Wouldn't it be a hilarious twist of fate if she offered to pay all their college tuition :)

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kris79

I totally agree with those who see the good from this outpouring of support for that poor woman. I totally disagree with those who want to spend that money for her. Like she should be donating it to charity? An anti bullying campaign? Good Lord! This is an example of if charity went directly to the end user, how much more it would be worth. I'm glad for this woman and I don't begrudge her a single penny.

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TommM

That's a hunk of change, but it shows the power of the internet and cell phone cameras. If we were back in the "just newspaper days," this would have never made the news - no one would have ever heard about it.

People can relate to this as everyone has a mother or grandmother and while watching the video can easily visualize their own being tormented by these little creeps. Makes a person feel better to donate to a cause like that.

I'm hoping she'll do something constructive for society with a good hunk of that money. Set up scholarship funds for underpriviledged kids or something along that line.

After she gets a well deserved, big fat vacation first of course! :D

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John Pombrio

It's no different than winning the lottery. Someone gets a huge amount of unexpected cash. Since they were playing the lottery in the 1st place (the lottery is a tax on those who cannot do the math), and Karen was in a low paying job at her age, chances are Karen and the lottery players do not have good fiscal discipline. The money will be pour through her hands to whoever can get access to it. It usually does not end well for these folks. Hopefully she gets a good financial adviser and invests conservatively.
As for raging about her windfall, why bother? Money is a capricious beast and comes and goes in peoples lives in unexpected ways. As for you folks who have worked for years and nothing to show for it, play the lottery!

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chipmunkofdoom2

John, are you a Dave Ramsey listener? Working through my snowball now :)

But you're absolutely right. I'm sure this woman has a very sad, sorry life, but everyone goes through things like this. Are people these days vicious and terrible? Of course they are. Nobody deserves what she went through. But what's the difference between being berated by children on a bus and being treated like dirt in the corporate rat race that I and many others run? Eh, I'd say not that much.. except I don't have over half a million dollars.

It really shows the power of the Internet, and the power of stupid people in numbers. Around the world, people die every single minute of every single day because they don't have enough food to eat. That's so astounding to me I don't think most people even stop to think about that. People starve to death every single day. Do you know how much rice $650k would buy starving children in the third world? I don't, but I know those commercials say for less than a dollar a day, I can clothe, educate, and feed a poor starving African child.

Did this woman deserve what those children did to her? Absolutely not. Does anyone deserve that? No, of course not. I still don't think that she deserves half a million dollars because of a work incident when there are people who die of starvation, or plenty of other charities that could use additional funding. We as a society really need to get our priorities back on track.

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US_Ranger

Ah, the ol' "this charity is more deserving" argument. I sure love that one.

Also, I'm guessing you've never been to a 3rd world country have you? The 650k worth of rice you give them usually doesn't end up in the hands of those who need it unless you personally deliver it yourself. No, it ends up in some warlords compound or some corrupt tribal chief's storage shed. And if it does get to the population, it doesn't teach them the necessary skills to plant/grow/harvest their own food so it only perpetuates to the overpopulation of an area without the resources to support them.

I'm sure you knew all this before posting though. I'm also sure that comparing your corporate job to this bus monitor is laughable at best. If someone tells you to kill yourself at your job....well, hello HR department and a nice big lawsuit.

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Sty

@chipmunkofdoom2

Well said.

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Sty

dp

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HeroOfCanton

Hate to break it to you, but if your boss/co-workers suggest that you should kill yourself, knowing that your son committed suicide, your job sucks hard. You can play the "this charity is more important" game forever, until only a few charities get all the money. Do you have a handy chart I can use to prioritize my charitable donations? "Sorry, Toys-for-Tots, you just can't break the Top 5. Maybe next year." Thank you, random internet guy, for showing us the way.

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Valor958

Even with my other comments below, I agree with you on this. The issue isn't really whether or not she 'deserves' the money, she is getting it and planning on donating a good deal to charity and other good causes and helping those around her. She's not being greedy or selfish. It is a gift from the interwebz from those who care from a distance. I do think it is a much larger sum than anyone could have anticipated, but it is what it is.
Americans in general DO have completely messed up priorities. The gov't is a big player in that too... financing us running all over the world instead of fixing our own homeland. I understand going some places to protect our interests for large import/export areas... and oil unfortunately, but many others are just frivolous. That's beside the point though.
Try to think of it this way. She was making $15k / yr. When she 'retired' from that she would almost assuredly go on state and federal services where we paid for her to survive on tax money. NOW, she won't need to do that and her donations were willful out of pocket funds instead of tax dollars. Win/Win for everyone imho.

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WarpathPS

You seem like a person who finds himself "extremely" important. The money that has been donated to her by individuals who earned that money and made the choice to donate it is none of your business. Even discussing the topic of "she earned" it or not is atrocious at best. This is precisely the liberal attitude that has bankrupted Western nations and making it a hostile place to live. I wouldn't be suprised if your kind were pushing for laws to limite how much can be donated to a single person. Ridiculoud.

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n00balici0us

U.S. needs to pass the law to allow parents to mildly spank their kids (bare hands) in the bum bum while they are young to discipline them so they don't become idiot bullies like those kids. Our current "loving" system is just not working. Kids are growing up to be spoiled, no mannered, punks and bullies. Like one of the comments above, I hope horrible karma will rain down on those kids to make them regret for the rest of their lives. Say get hit by "bus". :D

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Valor958

I agree about the current loving / soft system failing. I was raised with spanking, and most older generations were raised with spanking, or worse. Quite frankly, spanking illicits a pain response that children associate with the action they performed. It's not far removed from training a puppy really. You can't spank a kid as punishment hours after the fact, it won't connect. Pain immediately after the action connects though... teaching DON'T DO IT. Touch a hot stove, OUCH... no touchie no more >.< I've spanked my kids, I've let them do little things that I did when I was young, and they're just fine. They know what hurts, what might not be a good idea to do, and have more manners and respect than most kids their ages. There is a very good reason we homeschool and I support my wife and other families 100% in staying away from the crumbling public school system. They're either just plain bad at everything, or provide great education at the expense of raising a new swarm of apathetic elitists trying to make the next big buck. America is going down the drain in a big way. This story actually warms my heart in that so many people felt the need to donate for her to relax a little that it ended up completely changing her life. She's even giving a good deal of the money away! I wouldn't accept the little punks apologies either.

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Strhopper

Don't think there is a law saying you can't spank your children.

And relax they were kids who made a stupid mistake. Peer pressure is a bitch you know.

they deserve punishment. But people trying to connect this to a larger trend are just silly. And to be honest I don't know why this bothers me but it does :-P

Anyways it was just kids making an ass out if them selves, I'm sure they will be punished accordingly. and most will learn from their mistake

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HeroOfCanton

"and most will learn from their mistake"

Yeah, they'll learn not to film themselves being terrible human beings.

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thetechchild

Child abuse. Overprotective (mostly Caucasian...) parents are all up in arms about anything that can even be remotely described as "child abuse."

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Valor958

I agree, the whole 'child abuse' thing has gotten way out of hand. Of course all the people who ARE actually abusing their children, maybe 5% of those reported to be, are overpublicized to the point where people wonder if grounding their kid is tantamount to 'cruel and unusual punishment'. There's a reason why no one refers to our legal system as the Justice System anymore...

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Neufeldt2002

One thing not mention here is that she is not accepting the apologies of her tormentors and their families, saying they can do better and deserve to be punished. Say what you want, but these families are being watched by the police because of the death threats they are receiving. I think they know full well how she felt and by her accepting the money without accepting the apologies given the circumstances that the bullies are now facing is not right in my mind. Does she deserve the money? Can't answer that as I think everyone deserves justice for the wrongs brought on them and who am I to decide what that justice should be. Should she forgive them knowing what they are going through now? Yes.

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Strhopper

agreed they are just kids. And no she doesn't deserve money. She deserves a heart felt apology. It's not like she was harmed and if she was emotionally harmed then she has thin skin.

But we are Americans and we feel money solves everything. Kids were wrong and should be punished, apologize but cmon they are kids

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Scatter

In all fairness they didn't look like they were that young of kids. They were at least old enough that they should have known what they were doing is wrong.

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Valor958

It's not our place to determine if she 'deserved' the money or not. People willfully chose to give it to her, that's about all there is to it.
As for the whole 'they're just kids' arguement... bring those kids on over and I'll show them the back side of my hand. Absolute BS on that... at their age, they should have more respect for their elders and that sort of misbehavior on a bus is completely unacceptable. If I caught my daughters acting like that I'd be busting their butts and grounding them asap, AND having them write a real apology letter once they'd realized the hurt words can cause.
There's the other part of your statement... that she must just have 'thin skin'. Didn't you read that they were saying her family should all kill themselves to get away from her? Seeing as her son DID commit suicide, that strikes deep. Words do hurt, and from public school and through college into the adult working world (in a business environment, not McD's...) I have seen 1st hand that words carry power. Wars have started over words. Religions rise and fall over words. Just because you aren't capable of understanding or processing the power of 'just words' doesn't mean they don't carry the power. Haven't you ever heard "The Pen is mightier than the sword"? Aside from the old SNL parody of course...

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Strhopper

again calm down. and yes they were just words. and yes words hurt. and yes they are little asses. and yes there is nothing wrong with her getting this money, never said that.

I never said they weren't old enough to know right from wrong. But really this is getting more attention and these "kids" are getting more hate then what a real "crime" would get.

Again it was some kids being a bully.

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Major Dilly

I guess it now sets the bar for settlements of misbehavior!

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xeones

I think the star wars kid deserves some of your money too... and probably the double rainbow guy as well. Those dudes went through some personal shame for your amusement.

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Tech-Hedz

I am glad she has gotten a large sum of donations. People who complain about how she needs to give some of that money back need to be quite. I think the money is hers and I have donated 20 of my own dollars to her. Bullying sucks and what those kids did sucked. Being a bus driver is not the funnest job in the world I would think. I am glad she has gotten as much as she has so far and I hope people continue to donate.

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iheartpcs

Somebody called me a name once, can I have $20?

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skirge01

No. Unlike you, she didn't actually ask for any of this money.

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iheartpcs

I'm being proactive :)

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Major Dilly

What the hell does karma have to do with it?
Is money the end of be-all?

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Pruneface

no, the love/obsession of money is the be-all end-all

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skirge01

Karma is what makes me ask what "end of be-all" means...

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NavarWynn

This story would be an excellent example of Karma.

The bus monitor was abused, and mistreated, and responded as properly, professionally, and as responsibly as humanly possible (given her limitations by the school board). People saw it, were shocked by what these children are allowed to get away with, and rewarded her. That *by definition* is Karma.

And see, it wouldn't have happened to me. I would've grabbed that kid by the ear and 'escorted' him off the bus (via the window)... Then I probably would've gotten fired... That too would be Karma ;-)

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lunchbox73

Don't forget about the people who make her feel guilty for keeping the money. How does that fit in to Karma?

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Valor958

That's not karma... not everything that ever happens is. However that IS jealousy.

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bbq4tw

I'm all for giving her the vacation of a lifetime but $600k + is quite a bit. Would be great if she took like $10-15k for an awesome family vacation and donated the rest to some kind of bullying charity or for some type of bullying legislation.

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Scatter

The people that donated the money intended for it to go to her. I'm sure that they could have just as easily donated it to charity themselves if that's where they wanted it to go.

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bbq4tw

If you re-read my comment you would see that no where did I say the people who donated the money to her should have instead donated it to charity. I specifically said it would be cool if SHE took some money for a family vacation and donated the rest to charity or bullying legislation. This reading lesson brought to you by Sesame Street and The Electric Company.

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Scatter

What I'm saying is that the people who donated the money donated it to HER. I know that if I gave money to her and she just turned around and donated it to some other organization I'd be pissed.

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Typo91

wow, wish I would have thought of that.

I bet that thing is over 1.5 million by then end of 30 days.

Jackpot baby!

the sad truth is my old bus company probably has a few dozen videos just as bad, only recorded from the bus's digital cameras on the hard drive.

Its nothing new for someone to go through this in her line of duty, but this is just the first extreme case to go viral.

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Major Dilly

I hate to rain on the parade that some people that sympathize with the bus monitor do, and feel that money will solve it, but $ 600,000 plus is ridiculous.
My wife and I have been together 41 years + and she is a Hospice nurse for 20 years+ and if you know anything about what they do, she does not get the respect nor the attention some bus monitor gets. Sorry to say, there are many people who are overlooked and $ 600,000 + plus is obscene!

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Valor958

There are many people overlooked EVERYWHERE, and you aren't helping things at all by perpetuating this train of thought.
"You think SHE'S got it bad... well my wife does this... and that..." and so on. Well you know what, I'm only 26 and have been through more hell, heartache, and personal difficulties than anyone I know my age or even in general. I don't cry for handouts, and when they were given I DID feel guilty and still do as I haven't been able to pay them back and have been told by those people not to.
This lady understands that she may not feel like she 'deserves' this much money for what she went through, but is trying to do some good with it through donations and charity. Helping her family. And so on. Then comes... Retirement. Trying to just plain survive in the modern world.
Money will not solve it and she did not ASK for anything. One of the little devils posted it online thinking it would be funny and make them 'cool' and this is what happened. The free will of the masses gave her the money because they chose to. If you don't like it, don't donate. Don't even dare to try and dictate how she should spend that money. If you are jealous or feel deserving, go to www.wishuponahero.com and spill your guts to see if anyone cares.
Maybe I'll put my life story online to see if this same generousity abounds my way. I would do the same as her, donate a sizeable portion, keep only what I need, and use any extra for good purposes. I wouldn't even think of blowing it on extravegant crap to pamper myself. I've raised my kids better than that.
Everyone on here would do well to watch "Pay It Forward" and start their own movement in their communities. If it caught on, it could very literally change the entire country.

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bling581

"My wife and I have been together 41 years + and she is a Hospice nurse for 20 years+ and if you know anything about what they do, she does not get the respect nor the attention some bus monitor gets. Sorry to say, there are many people who are overlooked and $ 600,000 + plus is obscene!"

So tell her to take a camera to work then post it on YouTube and see what happens.

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jgrimoldy

Bullshit. You are such an sanctimoniuos ass. You say, "I hate to rain on the parade..." and then go go right ahead and rain on the parade.

Your wife is in a very noble career field. I respect and admire that.

Everyone in the world suffers injustices. It's how you respond to the injustices that determines your character.

$600 large is obscene, and there's absolutely ZERO that you can do about it beyond getting your panties in a twist. You may find it theraputic to view it as the ultimate FUCK YOU to the monsters that taunted her.

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