NY school bus monitor doesn't want 'really nasty' kids charged
The Greece, N.Y. school bus monitor bullied to tears by a group of middle school children won't press charges, she said Thursday.
An investigation had been launched after the students were caught on camera viciously taunting school bus attendant Karen Huff Klein, 68 on Monday.
Police said Klein doesn't want the seventh graders to be prosecuted, as she's satisfied with the swift community response to the incident. Greece police Capt. Steve Chatterton said the children's verbal taunts and slurs, which have gone viral in clips posted to YouTube, did not constitute a crime, reports the Associated Press.
In the three videos, which last a total of 14 minutes and have been viewed more than a million times, Klein endures one profanity-laced comment after another from a group of students during a bus ride. Greece Central (N.Y.) School District officials contacted police on Wednesday morning after seeing the video, and students believed to have been involved have been questioned by school and police officials, according to a report by the Democrat & Chronicle. Officials are deciding whether to bring any formal charges.
"I want the boys punished, but I don't know how,'' Klein told Matt Lauer on TODAY Thursday. "It made me feel really terrible, but I will get over it. I've gotten over everything else."
Klein was a bus driver for 20 years and has worked as a bus monitor in the district for the last three years. The students called her "an elephant,'' and said they would egg her house, among other unprintable slurs and comments.
Despite the nature of the taunts, Klein kept her cool and did not retaliate.
"(It took) a lot of willpower because I'm not usually that calm - just ask my kids,'' she told Lauer.
She first saw the video Wednesday morning. Klein is hearing-impaired and did not hear all of the taunts Monday before watching the video.
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