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Karen Klein, Bullied School Bus Monitor, To Use $75,000 Of Donated Money To Launch Anti-Bullying Foundation

08/21/2012 01:29 pm ET

After a viral video of her being antagonized by a group of middle schoolers sparked an outpouring of support from more than 32,000 online strangers, Karen Klein is using some of the $700,000 in donations to launch an anti-bullying foundation, KSDK reports.

“We’re hoping to get other people to put money in it, and this is going to be for education for people that have been bullied, for people that just — for people that need it for this situation,” she said.

Klein threw out the first pitch Sunday at the “Strike Out Bullying Ball Game” at Frontier Field in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. She was there on behalf of the minor league Rochester Red Wings, who are partnering with local organizations to teach fans about the dangers of bullying.

According to KSDK, the details of Klein’s foundation have yet to be finalized, but the 68-year-old now-retired bus monitor is planning to make a formal announcement at the end of the month.

In the meantime, WROC reports that Klein and her family are headed to Disneyland Friday.

Klein has previously indicated she would donate some of her money to charities, including those that support Down syndrome research, as one of her eight grandchildren has the chromosomal disorder.

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