GREECE, N.Y., July 21 (UPI) -- An online fundraiser for a bullied New York bus monitor raised more than $700,000 when it closed early Saturday.
The final total on the Indiegogo.com fundraiser for Karen Klein was $703,873 when it closed at 2:59 a.m., the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle reported.
Klein, 68, made international headlines when a 10-minute video of her being bullied by four middle school students on June 18 aboard Greece Central School District school bus was posted on Facebook and YouTube.
Since the video when viral, Klein has appeared on the Today show, Fox & Friends, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360 and more. She has also become an anti-bullying advocate and has made appearances across the East Coast.
The fundraiser was started by Toronto nutritionist Max Sidorov to "give [Klein] something she will never forget, a vacation of a lifetime!" said the Indiegogo.com page. Sidorov said he expected the campaign to raise a maximum of $5,000 over 30 days.
Klein, who will receive the money within five days, has said she may use the money to pay bills, help her own children and donate to charity.
Meanwhile, the bullies have been suspended from Greece Athena Middle School and bus transportation for a year and must complete 50 hours of community service.
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