Online campaign for bullied NY woman hits $700,000

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Associated Press

Posted on July 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 21 at 9:02 AM

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — The online campaign that aimed to raise $5,000 to send bullied New York bus monitor Karen Klein on vacation has ended — after tallying more than $700,000.

A spokeswoman for the fundraising site Indiegogo says more than 30,000 people from all over the world have contributed, with donations coming in from 84 countries and all 50 states.

The monthlong campaign for the 68-year-old suburban Rochester grandmother was the idea of Max Sidorov, a 25-year-old Canadian who was moved by a video posted online showing Klein being tormented by middle school students on a school bus. The school system in the town of Greece has suspended four seventh-grade students for a year.

Klein couldn't immediately be reached by phone Friday.

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