Soon after the video of bus-riding students taunting their bus monitor sparked millions of views, the public responded with sympathy, cash and a trip to Disneyland.
Karen Klein, a 68-year-old grandmother, appeared on Anderson Cooper on Thursday night where she heard that a fund had been established in her name and Southwest Airlines was paying for a trip to Disneyland for nine of her friends and family.
Some of the students apologized for their bad treatment of her.
She said she thought the students were not bad "deep down" but they should be suspended from riding the bus and not be allowed to participate in sports for a year.
By Friday morning the fund had reached almost $500,000.