An Internet cascade after viral NY bullying vide

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Even in the fast-moving world of information flow, the response to a video showing the bullying of an upstate bus monitor is a stunning example of the power of people in the new, Me-Media era.

The video shows four seventh-grade boys cruelly taunting 68-year-old bus monitor Karen Klein outside Rochester. It has been viewed by millions of people around the world, leading to a fund drive for the monitor that by this afternoon had raised $520,000.

Klein told the AP yesterday it was "weird, very weird" to suddenly be an international celebrity but says she appreciates the response she's gotten from complete strangers.

Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet Project, says these kinds of moments have occurred before but he still calls the response to the Klein video "head-scratching."

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