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4 N.Y. students who bullied bus monitor suspended for a year

10:57 AM, Jun 30, 2012   |    comments
Bus monitor Karen Klein, of Greece, N.Y., at the controls of an ampnibious 'duck' boat on the Charles River in Boston on Thursday at the start of her vacation.
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Four seventh-graders who bullied bus monitor Karen Klein have been suspended for a year, banned from bus transportation and ordered to do community service with senior citizens, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports.

The Greece Central School District announced the punishment this afternoon. In a statement, Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams said the students and their families waived their right to a due process hearing and agreed to the disciplinary measures.

Besides 50 hours of community service, the boys, who attend Greece Athena Middle School, must also complete a program in bullying prevention.

Though suspended, they won't spend the year at home; they'll attend classes at a special center in the district, WSYR-TV says.

Last week, cellphone video of the verbal harassment was posted to YouTube and went viral.

Sympathy poured in for the 68-year-old Klein, a grandmother of eight who earns $15,000 as a bus monitor. A Toronto man began a campaign to raise $5,000 to send her on a nice vacation.

So far, more than $667,000 has been raised, with 21 days to go.

Klein wasn't waiting around. She headed to Boston for her getaway, arriving Thursday at Logan Airport. She was picked up in a green Dodge Charger super-stretch limo and brought to the Colonnade Hotel in Boston, WGRZ reported.

Klein met her benefactor in Rochester before heading off to Bean Town.

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