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Online campaign for bullied New York bus monitor raises more than $700,000; goal was $5,000

In this June 28, 2012 photo, bus monitor Karen Klein, of Greece, N.Y., speaks with members of the media following an award ceremony in her honor at a radio station, in Boston. An online campaign that aimed to raise $5,000 to send Klein, a bus monitor who was recently bullied by students, on vacation is winding down ó after tallying more than $683,000. As the month-long campaign neared its end Friday, July 20, 2012, a spokeswoman for the fundraising site Indiegogo said more than 30,000 people had contributed to 68-year-old Klein, with donations coming in from 84 countries and all 50 states. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
July 21, 2012 - 4:20 AM

GREECE, N.Y. - 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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