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.
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.