Bullied Bus Monitor's Take Breaks $500K Mark

But even with new riches, Karen Klein has harsh words for bullies
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2012 11:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – She may officially be $500,000 richer, but bullied school bus monitor Karen Klein is unimpressed with the apologies she's gotten so far from the foul-mouthed kids caught bullying her in a now-infamous video. "Of course he's going to say anything," Klein said of one apology to Anderson Cooper at CNN. "Josh, he always has a smirk on his face ... I don't think I would believe anything Josh has to say and I didn't want to talk to him today." While Klein said she "doesn't think" she'll press charges, she does want to see the kids involved punished. "I would like them to be kept off the bus for at least a year and forbidden to play any sports at least for a year. Someone mentioned community service and I thought that was a pretty good idea, too."

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Meanwhile, the indiegogo campaign to raise $5,000 to send Klein on vacation continues to surge, rocketing from $260,000 yesterday past the half-a-million mark (and growing and growing) today. "I still can't believe it," Klein said of the the support. And at the end of the CNN interview, Cooper told Klein that Southwest Airlines has offered to send her and nine others to Disney World in Florida for three nights. "Wow, that's too much," she said, amazed. "I don't feel like I've done anything, you know?" (Read more Karen Klein stories.)

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