Bus Monitor Bullies Get 1-Year Suspensions

Karen Klein fundraiser now tops $670K and still growing
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2012 6:10 AM CDT
Bus Monitor Bullies Get 1-Year Suspensions
Bus monitor Karen Klein, of Greece, NY, holds flowers as she is welcomed to an award ceremony in her honor at a radio station, in Boston on Thursday, June 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Four students who were caught on camera bullying 68-year-old bus monitor Karen Klein until she cried have each been suspended from school for a year and ordered to do 50 hours of community service working with the elderly, reports CNN. "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," said the school district in a statement.

Don't think the suspension is like a holiday for the four middle-school boys: They still have to attend a local "re-engagement center," where they will be given school work, attend anti-bullying sessions, and participate in other activities. They will be able to apply for re-admission to their school after 30 weeks of suspension, reports the local Greece Post. As for Klein, her daughter says she likely won't go back to work now that the Indiegogo.com fundraising campaign for her has topped $670,000. (More Karen Klein stories.)

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