Published On: Mon, Jul 2nd, 2012

Bus Monitor Bullies Suspended, Karen Klein Fine With School Punishment

The four bully students from Athena Middle School who bullied bus monitor Karen Klein received their punishments from Greece School District in New York.

An official statement from the school district involving the decision for the punishment of the four bully kids reads:

“Following individual meetings this week with school and district administrators, each family waived their right to a hearing and agreed to one-year suspensions from school and regular bus transportation.

Each student will be required to complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens and will complete a formal program in bullying prevention, respect and responsibility.”

After the decision has been handed down by the school district, bullied bus monitor Karen Klein says she’s fine with the punishment.

“Oh yes, I would like to talk to them! I want to ask them why they did it,” Karen Klein said noting that she wants to meet with the boys who tormented her.

Karen Klein, Bullied Bus Monitor

The bullying video “Making the Bus Monitor Cry” which was uploaded by a certain CapitalTrigga on June 19 detailing how the four bully students bullied 68 year-old Karen Klein unleashed outrage from viewers worldwide.

One student taunted: “You don’t have a family because they all killed themselves because they don’t want to be near you.” Klein’s oldest son killed himself 10 years ago.

An overwhelming support for Karen Klein flooded from people worldwide not just verbally but also monetary. An online donation campaign from Indiegogo started by Max Sidorov  is currently on $676,395 from more than 31,000 contributors worldwide.

In an interview with TMZ, Karen Klein said she plans to donate part of the money to support Down syndrome research. She has eight grandchildren, one of whom has the genetic disorder.

“Actually, well we’re looking up to charities coz my niece has Down’s Syndrome and my nephew has autism. So we’re looking into charities to donate some to that and then she’s gonna figure out from the rest.. We’re  getting help then we gonna need to decide what she’s gonna do with the rest of it,” she said.

Karen Klein received apologies from the bully kids. However, she didn’t feel the youths were sincere. “I think they can do better than what they did,” she said.

But on Saturday, Klein said she accepts the newest letter she received several days ago – from the fourth boy. His parents dropped it off with flowers.

“He said he was sorry, and that he didn’t mean to do it. And I think he means it,” she said.

Karen Klein said she hasn’t decided yet whether to return to her job as a bus monitor. However, in case she decided to return, she said that none of the four bully students students should be showing up on her school bus in the fall.

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