Karen Klein, the Greece Central School District bus monitor who was verbally abused by four vicious middle school children, capped a day of interviews with nearly every major news outlet by appearing on last night's Anderson Cooper 360.
On the show, Cooper read aloud the first statements of contrition issued by two of the boys involved in the June 18th incident.
"I am so sorry for the way I treated you," wrote one of the 13-year-olds, identified as Josh. "When I saw the video I was disgusted and could not believe I did that. I am sorry for being so mean and I will never treat anyone this way again."
Klein refused to accept Josh's apology, saying "of course he's going to say anything," and noting that Josh is a serial troublemaker. "I just don't think I would believe anything Josh can say," she said.
Klein rejected a similar apology statement from Wesley, another one of the four culprits, and said she is still waiting on real apologies but is not holding her breath.
She did tell Cooper she didn't believe the boys were bad kids, "not deep down," but still felt they should be made to understand the severity of their actions, whether through suspension from sports for a year or through community service.
Though Sidorov said he will ensure the money will make its way directly to Klein, the 68-year-old remains skeptical. "I can't believe it," she said. "That much? I don't know, I just don't feel like it'll come to me anyway, so I don't think too much about it. It's a nice gesture, but I just don't know if it's for real or not."
If the fund doesn't pan out, Klein still has at least one free vacation to fall back on: Southwest Airlines has offered to send her and nine guests to Disneyland, all expenses paid.