Disney Offers Free Trip to Bullied Bus Monitor

By Chelsee Lowe

Karen Klein could be going to Disneyland! But her path has been atypical, to say the least.

Last week Klein, 68, was supervising on a school bus in the suburb of Greece, New York when she was verbally abused by a group of middle-school boys for over 10 minutes. The incident was caught on tape and the video went viral on YouTube in a matter of days. The clip has gotten over 5.5 million views and documents the cruelty inflicted upon a hearing-impaired elder.

The event fueled outrage and sympathy around the country; then, when citizen Max Sidorov started an Indiegogo project aiming to treat Klein to a much-deserved vacation, the money began to flow. The project has raised over $600,000 in a matter of days—and Klein may just get to save it all, as Southwest has already offered to fly her and 9 guests to Disneyland. Disney has offered an all-paid trip to Disneyworld as well, according to the OC Register.

The boys’ families have received threats in response to their actions, CBS News reports. Klein “didn’t like that,” and stated that she doesn’t believe the kids are “bad” at heart. She will not file any criminal charges against them, despite their cruelty.

“I've got these nice letters, emails, Facebook messages,” she said. “It's like, wow, there's a whole world out there that I didn't know. It's really awesome.”

As a driver and monitor of a school bus for over 23 years, Klein’s undoubtedly seen her fair share of teenage angst in action. We hope you get some relaxation and respite very soon, Ms. Klein.