Karen Klein, the 68-year-old bus monitor, didn't want to press charges againt the four seventh graders who bullied her. However, the school district dished out punishment for the boys.
According to the Huffington Post, a statement from the Greece Central School District read:
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.
Additionally, each of the four boys will be required to complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens and complete an anti-bullying program. The boys have also issued apologies to Klein.
Summary of the punishment for the four boys:
- one-year suspension from school
- one-year suspension from bus transportation
- 50-hours of community service with senior citizens (This will teach them to get along with seniors).
- complete an anti-bullying program
After Klein was bullied and a video posted on the internet, support poured in for her, including an online campaign on Indiegogo where people donated money to send Klein on the "vacation of a lifetime." As of this writing, the campaign had raised $667,334, and it continues to grow.
Max Sidorov, the 25-year-old Toronto resident who started the campaign, had an original goal of $5,000 in mind. However, so much sympathy went out for Klein that people donated freely.
Klein told ABC News that she did not intend to press charges against her bullies and hoped they would not be expelled.