Bullied Bus Monitor, Karen Klein, Finally Meets Max Sidorov (Photo)
Karen Klein, the 68 year-old grandma bus monitor of Greece School District in Greece, New York, who became famous for her bus bullying video entitled ‘Making the Bus Monitor Cry‘, finally met the person who set up the fund raising for her, Max Sidorov.
Max Sidorov of Toronto, Canada is a reddit.com member who set up the fund raising for Karen Klein through Indiegogo with an aim to raise $5,000 to give the bus monitor her dream vacation after all the bullying she endured.
However, to her surprise, Karen Klein’s story became a media sensation. She received outpouring support and pledges from various people around the world which pushed its donations to its current amount of $663,000 from more than 30,000 contributors worldwide. The campaign will last until Friday, July 20, 2012 at 11:59PM PT. All donations will be given to Karen Klein tax-free.
On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, Max Sidorov visited Karen Klein to her home in Greece, New York. The two embraced, and Mrs. Klein expressed gratitude to him for setting up the donation site.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Mr. Sidorov said that he was once the victim of bullying. ‘I know how it feels (and) nobody should have to go through that, ever,’ he said.
After their initial meeting, Mrs. Klein described Mr. Sidorov as a ‘nice, nice guy.’ She added: ‘I’m very appreciative.’
Mr Sidorov himself has several thousand dollars coming his way. Another Indiegogo.com user, Case Prince, created a page for donations to him, which have so far tallied to more than $6,800 from more than 400 people.
“Max Started the campaign that turned into a landslide of support for Karen Huff Klein and against bullying. I feel Max deserves a small reward himself,” Prince wrote in the campaign’s info section.
“Obviously for being a good guy, but mostly for dealing with all the media attention, phone calls, and putting in extra hours to provide updates here and on reddit, answer questions, and legitimize the whole thing. I bet it’s a little exhausting, and it’ll only ramp up as the event gets national attention,” he added.
In recent interviews, Karen Klein said she could not believe the good that came out of this bullying video. She said she’ll likely put the money towards remodeling her house, paying off her bills, and donating another portion.
‘I almost feel like I don’t deserve it. They should be sending their donations to other people that have more problems than I do,’ she told Good Morning America.
When asked during an interview with TMZ if she accepted the kids’ apologies to her, she said: “Not really, you know I think they can do better than what they did.”
Karen Klein’s daughter, Amanda Romig, said her mother plans to contact her accountant and pay her bills before making long-term plans for her unexpected windfall from the donations.
‘She has a lot of ideas including making a donation here and there. My nephew has autism and my niece has Down syndrome, and with those types of disabilities the kids are going to get picked on too, so she wants to help both causes,’ Ms. Romig said.