ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised online for an elderly upstate New York bus monitor who was taunted and verbally abused by students.
The incident was captured in a 10 minute video posted to YouTube showing Karen Klein trying her best to ignore the stream of profanity, insults and outright threats directed at her.
By early Wednesday the video had gone viral.
Klein told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that she "was just trying to ignore them and hope they would go away."
The Greece bus monitor didn't report the incident, but school officials notified police when they learned of the incident. An investigation has been launched.
Klein reportedly doesn't want the four middle school boys to face criminal charges. Police in the Rochester suburb of Greece say Klein, 68, is happy with the swift and strong community response against the verbal attack.
Greece police Capt. Steve Chatterton says criminally charging the seventh-grade boys would require their actions to rise to the level of a crime. So far, the conduct hasn't been found to reach that level.
By midnight Wednesday, the international crowd funding site Indiegogo.com had raised over $95,000 to send the grandmother on a vacation.
By Thursday morning, the video had been viewed more than 1.5 million times. An online crowd-funding site raised more than $200,000 by midday Thursday.
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The Associated Press