A bullied bus monitor who inspired compassion in thousands of people around the world, has now decided to launch an anti-bullying foundation to teach kindness to young people.
Karen Klein, 69, was thrown into the public spotlight when a video went viral on the Internet showing her being bullied by four young boys as she was on a bus.
- (Photo: Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation Screen Shot)
Many people started to refer to Klein as America's Grandma after that incident, and tens of thousands around the world started a campaign to show their support for Klein.
More than 32,000 people who were moved by the bullying video sent in more than $700,000 in donations to Klein. The donors are said to have come from more than 80 countries around the globe. The campaign was initially started by some people who wanted to send the elderly woman on a vacation as a kind of compassionate apology for the treatment she had received from the young boys.
However, the campaign caught the imagination of thousands more, and in the end a huge sum of money was raised for Klein.
A year on, Klein has announced that she will be using nearly $100,000 of the money to establish the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation, which teaches others messages of kindness through books and events such as concerts.
Klein has said, "There's a lot I wish I could be doing, but I don't know how to do it. I'm just a regular old lady."
She has also revealed that she used some of the money to help her family, and other friends in need. However, she has also admitted that she has also placed a chunk of the donations under "lock and key" for her retirement.
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