Bullied Bus Monitor Karen Klein Launches Foundation To Stop Bullying In America

By Megan O'Neill 

Last month the life of 68-year old bus monitor Karen Klein changed forever.  After a video of Klein being bullied by schoolchildren went viral, redditor Max Sidorov launched an Indigogo campaign that succeeded in raising over $700,000 to send Klein on a much needed vacation.  Now, Klein is giving back with the launch of her own foundation to raise money and support for the anti-bullying movement.

Klein decided to launch the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation on GiveBack.org.  Her daughter, Amanda, told CNN that her mother would be donating $100,000 of the roughly $650,000 that she took home from the Indiegogo campaign (though in the description of a promo for the foundation on Vimeo, Klein states that she will be seeding the foundation with $75,000).

The Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation will be launching a music tour in order to combat anti-bullying.  They’re calling the tour the No Bully Tour 2012 awareness campaign.  But there’s a lot more to it.  According to the GiveBack.org page for the foundation, the campaign will focus on four major objectives—to provide funds for anti-bullying counseling in schools, to create an educational curriculum around bullying, to support other anti-bullying organizations and to develop new media assets to serve the anti-bullying cause.

Klein says, “My story inspired more than 32,000 people to engage in their own act of love by donating to a fundraising campaign created by Max Sidorov for my support.  As you probably know, together we raised a lot more money than what I needed to go on vacation.  32,000 people around the world raised $703,873 for my behalf.  It has changed my life forever.  Now I am not only going on vacation, but I am able to retire and take care of my family.

“You have all inspired me by your acts of love.  But now it is time for me to give back and to turn your single act of kindness into my own personal movement to stop bullying in America.  The Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation, which I am seeding with $75,000, will be the gathering point for millions of people to support the anti-bullying movement.  Together, we will change the world.”

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.