Bullied bus monitor starts anti-bullying foundation

Posted on August 23, 2012

NEW YORK — Karen Klein, the school bus monitor who received an outpouring of support after a video of her being harassed by students on a bus went viral, has started a foundation to stop bullying.

The Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation is launching a music tour called the No Bully Tour 2012 to raise money for anti-bullying counseling in schools.

Other initiatives of the foundation include creating an educational curriculum on stopping bullying, supporting organizations that are raising awareness about the issue and developing new media assets to assist the anti-bullying cause.

Klein used $100,000 of the $703,873 raised for her by supporters to start the foundation. The foundation has been established as part of the GiveBack Foundation at

Along with the music tour, the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation will raise money to support Max Sidorov's 7 Million Acts of Love; Play Pretty, Play Pals Project; and Pacer Center's Teens Against Bullying.

For more information, visit the foundation’s website.

Klein announced last month that she was planning to retire.

Related Topics: bullying, New York

Comments ( 1 )
  • Dan Luttrell

     | about 8 years ago

    This is good news we can all appreciate whom have ever worked on board school buses! Way back when we started driving I had children who had bad reputations and prone to fighting first instead of talking out their issues. I simply began the year out by giving the speech, "I will not tolerate you fighting or hurting others and I will not tolerate them fighting or hurting you either. We all treat each other the way we want to be treated in return." I always backed it up too. I even had to write up a conduct report upon my own nephew. "Uncle Dan - you are sending me to the Principal?" I responded - "Yes, I told you to stop fighting and not only are you going to see the Principal - I am calling your dad right after the bus route is over. You are just another student and I don't play favorites." Any bullying on board a school bus needs addressed immediately - not tomorrow or the next day. Call on your two-way radio for help. Pull over and use the cell phone to call a Principal. You may even have to call 911 if injuries to students have occurred. If your school has specific policies for specific scenarios then follow and know your school policies. See something - do something. Dan - Indiana.

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