A heartbreaking video showed a pack of junior high boys teasing a 68-year-old school bus monitor in New York. She was brought to tears as the students put her down about her weight, age and more.
The video went viral after one of the boys posted it on Facebook. It got the attention of people, who pledged more than $300,000 and growing so Karen Klein can go on a vacation.
The outpouring of support was started by a 25-year-old Canadian nutritionist who saw the video and launched a campaign on the fundraising website Indiegogo.
He wrote: "She doesn't earn nearly enough ($15,506) to deal with some of the trash she is surrounded by. Let's give her something she will never forget, a vacation of a lifetime!"
His goal of $5,000 was broken within hours. Strangers from around the world shared the story on social networks and pledged amounts of $5 to hundreds.
Klein is a grandmother who drove a school bus for 20 years and has been a monitor for three. She said she's "kind of numb" from the generosity.
School officials and police are looking into the video. The father of one of the boys has already apologized.