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Video of bullied bus monitor goes viral

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Tens of thousands of dollars have been raised online for an elderly upstate New York bus monitor who was taunted and verbally abused by students.

They called her stupid and fat.  They mocked her when she started to cry.  One student even threatened to cut her.

The incident was captured in a 10 minute video posted to YouTube showing Karen Klein trying her best to ignore the stream of profanity, insults and outright threats directed at her.

The video was titled, Making The Bus Monitor Cry.

By early Wednesday the video had gone viral.  It had been viewed more than 1 million times.

Klein told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that she "was just trying to ignore them and hope they would go away."

Klein has been working in the school district for more than 20 years.

The Greece bus monitor didn't report the incident, but school officials notified police when they learned of the incident.  An investigation has been launched.

"I think children have changed, and I feel bad for my grandchildren who are growing up now," Klein says.

She posted on her Facebook page that she plans to continue to work unless she came into money.

Strangers were coming to her rescue. The international crowd funding site Indiegogo.com had raised over $120,000 by Thursday to send the grandmother on a vacation.

The AP contributed to this report.

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