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Karen Klein: Bus monitor bullies receive death threats (VIDEO)

A viral video of four seventh-grade boys bullying 68-year-old bus monitor Karen Klein has brought death threats to the bullies and their families.

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Bus monitor Karen Klein, 68, speaks about the outpouring of kindness in response to the YouTube video of her being bullied by middle school students. (Screengrab)

A viral video of four seventh-grade boys bullying 68-year-old bus monitor Karen Klein has brought death threats to the bullies and their families.

Klein said she heard the reports about the families receiving phone calls and threats and said, "I didn't like that," according to CBS News.

TMZ reported that, earlier today, Greece police rushed to the home of one of the boys after hearing the family was possibly being held at gunpoint. They eventually contacted the family and determined the call was a hoax.

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Greece Police Capt. Steve Chatterton warned against vigilante justice, according to the Associated Press. One of the boys who bullied Klein received more than 1,000 death threats and online commenters were very clear that they thought the boys should be severely punished.

"A threat for a threat does not make the situation better," Chatterton said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

After the video of the boys taunting Klein went viral, a vacation fund was created for Klein on Indiegogo.com, which has now collected more than $575,333, hugely surpassing its original goal of $5,000, and with 28 days left to go.

Southwest Airlines has also been given her and nine people a trip to Disneyland in California, reported QMI Agency.

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