Bullied bus monitor duck boats around Boston
BOSTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- The video of a 68-year-old bus monitor bullied by middle-schoolers sparked outrage throughout the country. Since, Karen Klein has been getting outpourings of support that led her to Boston, where she was honored on Thursday.
“I never got this much attention in my whole life,” Klein said.
Klein was met by signs of support, and even a special cheer. Klein's been on the “Today” show, a fund has been set up in her name, and thanks to Mix 104.1, she was in Boston on the iconic duck tour Thursday.
“I like all the old buildings. It's amazing. You know,” said Klein, “there’s a lot of history.”
Her favorite part was, of course, driving the duck boat.
“What do you want to be when you grow up, Karen?” asked the Duck Boat Tour guide.
He was met by Klein’s laughter.
“She was so sweet. I mean, how can you not look at this woman -- and you know, she's like everybody's grandmother and when you hear the horrible things that those kids today said. You know, Boston has really taken a stand against bullying. We've had some issues over the years and early tragedies because of bullying. Boston city schools got involved, they made her an honorary bus monitor today. We appreciate Dr. Johnson for doing that. It seemed like it was the right thing to do,” said Carson Tager, a morning radio show host.
When asked if she had forgiven the boys, Klein said, “Maybe not this week. Maybe next week.”
“I’d like to meet them face to face and ask them why they did it.”
Klein’s supporters have raised more than $660,000.
Klein said she plans on using that money to pay her bills, and that she’ll donate some to Down Syndrome and Autism charities.