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Vacation fund for bullied bus monitor tops $300,000

Seventh graders who cruelly taunted their 68-year-old school bus monitor, Karen Klein, will be punished. In the meantime, Klein has received hundreds of thousands of dollars to help her retire and take her dream vacation. NBC's Craig Melvin reports.

Updated at 6:16 p.m. ET: Bullied school bus monitor Karen Klein might have more than $335,000 to vacation far away from the Greece, N.Y., pupils who bullied her in a profanity-laced video that went viral this week.

Nearly 10,000 online sympathizers had donated that much money by Thursday evening on the fund-raising site Indiegogo.com in a campaign called “Lets Give Karen – The bus monitor – H Klein A Vacation.”

Graphic content warning: The video on YouTube 


The fund-raising was set up through a reddit.com member, identified as Max Sidorov of Toronto, Canada, after he saw the video called "Making the Bus Monitor Cry" posted to YouTube on Monday.

“It’s an incredible campaign,” Slava Rubin, who cofounded Indiegogo.com in 2008, told msnbc.com. “We’re seeing good Samaritans come together to support this brave woman.”

An Indiegogo spokesperson earlier told msnbc.com that the website was in touch with Klein, and she  would receive her money when the campaign is over, scheduled for July 20.

Indiegogo charges 4 percent for the fund-raising, Rubin said.

Klein was featured Thursday on the TODAY show, and later said she doesn't really want the “nasty kids” charged.

On TODAY.com: Karen Klein won't press charges 

Earlier: Vacation of a lifetime pledged for bus monitor bullied in viral video

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