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Students who bullied NY bus monitor suspended for 1 year

Four middle school students who were videotaped bullying a bus monitor in New York have been suspended for a year, school district officials said Friday.

“Each of the students involved admitted to wrongdoing, accepted the recommended consequences and agreed to permit the district to publicly release the terms of their disciplinary action,” Greece Central School District said in a statement.

The taunting and verbal abuse of 68-year-old Karen Klein was captured in a 10-minute cellphone video recorded by one of the students and posted to YouTube. It shows her trying her best to ignore the stream of profanity, insults and threats directed at her. At one point in the video, she breaks down in tears.

The video generated an outpouring of support for Klein that spread beyond the United States.
As of Friday night, visitors to the international crowd funding site Indiegogo.com had pledged more than $660,000 for the grandmother of eight.

The students will attend an alternative education program which will keep them on track academically while they also learn proper conduct and behavior and perform community service.

The district has ordered the students to each perform 50 hours of community service with senior citizens as part of their discipline.

“This incident does not reflect the majority of Greece students but nonetheless we are committed to full implementation of our discipline policies and code of conduct,” the district said.

With files from The Canadian Press