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N.Y. school bus monitor 'fine' with bully punishment

By Associated Press


NEW YORK >> The upstate New York school bus monitor who was bullied by four seventh-graders says she's satisfied that they're being suspended for a year.

Speaking one day after the boys' punishment was announced, Karen Klein told The Associated Press on Saturday that she wants to meet with the boys who tormented her.

"Oh yes, I would like to talk to them!" said the 68-year-old, speaking from her home in Rochester. "I want to ask them why they did it."

What the four boys did was captured on video, mercilessly taunting Klein as she sat on the bus, gradually breaking down in tears.

On Friday, the school system in the Rochester suburb of Greece suspended the four middle school students for a year, keeping them from regular bus transportation.

How does Klein feel about this punishment?

"It's fine with me," she told the AP.

Klein said they'll still be going to an alternative school — "they won't be just sitting at home doing nothing."

But the best part of her ordeal going public, and the resulting school action, "is that they have to do community service — for senior citizens," she said, her voice rising with emotion.

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Manapua_Man wrote:
You can't win nowadays because if she gave any of those kids a spank or did anything back... she'd be arrested for assault and battery. Crazy world we live in where if someone hits you, and you hit back... you might go to jail.
on June 30,2012 | 02:57PM
olos73 wrote:
Good for the kids. Should've had more community service. Ban them indefinitely from riding ANY bus. If they can't act decently, they don't deserve riding the bus. Let the parents take them to school. Kids nowadays don't know the meaning of respect, especially to the elderly.
on June 30,2012 | 06:29PM
Grimbold wrote:
. Those boys should have been whipped with a bull whip in the school yard in front of the whole school watching. Instead they receive the present of suspension. There they have opportunity to continue vile behaviour. Unfortunately deranged liberal rule us instead of common sense.
on June 30,2012 | 08:57PM
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