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Video of Karen Klein, elderly school bus monitor, being verbally abused goes viral, sparks charity

Karen Klein, a school bus monitor in the town of Greece, New York, is seen in a YouTube video in which she is heard being verbally abused by students.

(CBS/AP) ROCHESTER, N.Y. - 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.

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.

By early Wednesday the video had gone viral. (The video, which contains extremely graphic language, can be seen at the link below to

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

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.

By early Thursday morning, the international crowd funding site had raised over $122,000 to send the grandmother on a vacation, far surpassing the stated goal of $5,000, and with 30 days still left in the online campaign.