"I thought it would be a great idea, and I'm hoping this foundation will seriously help all these kids," Klein told Today.com. "It's also not just kids. When you're a kid being bullied, you should talk to an adult. When the adult is being bullied, I don't know who the heck they can talk to. That's why I want to help."
In an interview with Today.com, Klein decided to create a foundation after meeting Chris Surrey, the senior director of Paintbox Labs, a New York-based organization that promotes cultural understanding. "It was about her becoming an advocate of her own story," Surrey said. "You rarely hear about kids bullying the elderly, so we wanted to use that as a platform to get into schools to assist them to curb the problem."
The foundation aims to launch awareness campaigns to end bullying. After her story became known, she heard so many sad stories she decided to add suicide prevention. "Kids that have been bullied commit suicide, and that's too bad, so that's a cause I have also been into," she said. The No Bully Tour 2012, a music tour will kick off in October. The foundation will also support other organizations with similar missions.
This ordeal was shameful but something good came from it. Media attention to an all too common problem help to bring the right people together. Now Karen Klein will take her anti-bullying message to those who so quickly victimized her.