Tonight on AC360°, Anderson Cooper talked to Karen Klein
following the outpour of support, students' apologies and
the news that the students have been receiving death
Klein, a 68 year-old bus monitor who was bombarded with
profane language, insults and threats by the students on
Below are select sound bites from tonight's interview.
Full interview airs tonight on Anderson Cooper 360° at 8
and 10pm ET on CNN.
Anderson Cooper: The threats that are being made against
these children by people calling their homes… would you
tell people to stop doing that? You don't want people
to threaten these children, do you?
Karen Klein: No, no. I don't want them to be harassed
either, you know. Two wrongs don't make a right. And
poor police, they had double duty on yesterday because of
this. I thought oh boy... there go my taxes! No, I'm just
kidding. Oh my god, if I don't laugh, then I would
cry. But I haven't done that yet, so. 18:16:00
AC: The teens are going to be punished apparently through
the school... is that something you think is appropriate…
that the school will handle this?
KK: Well, I told them I didn't want to press charges. I
mean I can't see kids in the seventh grade having to do
that. It's not like they killed somebody, you know, I mean.
It's serious, they didn't rob a bank. They just harassed a
monitor. So, I don't know, yes, they need to be punished
but not with the courts.
AC: Yesterday, when we talked you said the money that has
been raised… now more than half a million dollars sounded
too good to be true and you didn't believe you would
actually get it. We talked to a spokesperson for the fund
raising website, and they say they guarantee that you will
get the money.
KK: It's still hard for me to fathom. I need to talk to
somebody about how much tax I have to pay. That's a lot of
money… that's a lot of money, more than I've had.
Even half of that would be more than I've ever seen.
But I want to make sure that I take care of this right. I
don't want to be broke like people who win the lottery.
It's not like that, you know? I've gotten some gift cards
in the mail. And a check and people… I just got a whole
bunch of mail today with nice notes inside. And letters
from kids, you know, like 14 or 15 year olds. It's really
neat. I've been so impressed.