How's this for a blast from the past? Remember Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor from upstate New York who was captured on video as middle school students brought her to tears? One year after the video of her tormentors went viral, Klein's anti-bullying foundation is up and running and her new life is the kind of story you need to tell your kids.
Because even after all that, after being brought to tears by cruel taunts about her child's suicide, after having the whole world see her in one of her most unguarded moments, after dealing with kids who could have used a summer cleaning toilets (with toothbrushes!) for what they did, Klein is still doing ... for kids.
More than $700,000 was raised for Klein on the Internet by people who felt bad after seeing the video of her bullies. She used some of that to retire from her job, some to help family, and the rest went into the foundation, a foundation that promotes its message of kindness at concerts and through books. The foundation recently worked the Moscow Ballet to raise awareness of cyberbullying during tours in the United States and Canada.
It's pretty inspiring stuff when you really sit and think about it.
Karen Klein could have been angry and vindictive. She could have done her darndest to get those kids severely punished, then taken the loot and run off to live the good life.
Instead she's turned the other cheek.
She's not vindictive.
If anything, this bullying victim is showing that you can be the bigger person AND come out looking better in the end.
Do you remember Karen Klein? What do you think of what she did?
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