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Students Apologize to Bullied Bus Monitor





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Students Apologize to Bullied Bus Monitor

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ABC News' John Schriffen reports:


The seventh grade boys who verbally bashed and taunted a 68-year-old bus monitor in a bullying video that went viral online  are speaking out this morning, apologizing for their behavior.

It all started after the 10-minute video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday by one of the students on the bus. Several students can be  heard taunting Karen Klein, a bus monitor for the Greece School District in Rochester, N.Y.

"I am so sorry for the way I treated you. When I saw the video I was disgusted and could not believe I did that," one  of the boys, Josh, said in a statement released by police.

Another, Wesley, said: "If that had happened to someone in my family, like my  mother or grandmother, I would be really mad at the people who did that  to them."

Luis, the seventh grader who shot the cell phone video  and posted it online, said their taunting was all an attempt to attract  some attention online.

"I see kids recorded bullying all the time on YouTube, so I thought why would this be a problem?," he said.

The boys had no idea their video would go as far as it has, viewed more  than two million times on YouTube and drawing unwanted infamy and  attention to them and their families.

The father of one of the  teenage boys says his "heart broke" to see that his son was part of the  abuse, but that the boys have suffered enough with their faces made  public in the video.

"My family's received death threats," Robert  Helms told ABC News. "He's a 13-year-old kid. It was a stupid mistake  and he's paying for it but I just think it's a little out of control."

The boys are also facing harsh punishment from both the school district and the local police department, which has devoted a detective to  investigate what happened. Klein has told police she does not want to  press charges but does want the boys to be punished.

Sources tell  ABC News the Greece School Board is considering suspending the boys for  the entire school year next year since the incident happened on the last day of school. A decision is expected to come down sometime next week  after a meeting with the Superintendent.

In the video, the  students touch Klein, comment about her hearing aid and make crude  sexual references. One asks for Klein's address so he can go to her home and urinate all over her door, and another discusses stabbing and  cutting Klein. They are also heard asking her if she has herpes and if  she lives in a trailer.

At one point, she is seen taking off her sunglasses and wiping at her eyes.

"Are you sweating? Karen, Karen! Are you sweating?" one student is heard  asking her. She shakes her head, and the student adds: "Then why is  there water on your face?"

"I'm crying," she replied.

"I was just was trying to ignore them," Klein said. "Usually I sit right in  back, and I should have that day, but I sat one seat ahead so there was  one boy in back of me and one boy in front of me. They just kept it up.  They thought it was funny."

That same media attention has also impacted Klein's life as a website, indiegogo.com, has raised more than $440,000 for her, exceeding the $5,000 goal  originally set. The website was created to send Klein on a vacation  after the video went viral.

"It does make me feel a whole lot  better," Klein said of the positive reaction. "I appreciated everything. I think it's awesome."

Stars like talk show host Ellen DeGeneres have tweeted their support for Klein who has made a round of TV and radio appearances.

While appearing on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360″ on Thursday, host Cooper   announced Southwest airlines offered to fly Klein and nine other people  to Disneyland for free.

Walt Disney Co., the parent company of ABC News, has also offered Klein a vacation to Disney World in Florida.

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Comment by PERDUE - June 22, 2012, 6:16 pm

I said it before and I will say it again, these little f***ers need their asses tore up!! They need some parents that will give them a complete ass whoopping like our grandparents would've given us had we been disrespectful.
The ass whooppings I got as a kid are the ass whooppings I remembered when I was tempted to make some boneheaded decisions as a young adult and I can honestly say remembering those beat downs also saved my life in a few occasions.
As a parent, you don't have to kiss them, just remind them that your word is law and you say what you mean and mean what you say. Stay consistant with what you say and follow through with the discipline promises you make.
sully16Comment by sully16 - June 22, 2012, 8:10 pm
Amen, I agree 100%
emilygComment by emilyg - June 22, 2012, 9:23 pm
time*treatComment by time*treat - June 23, 2012, 5:17 am
What was called "discipline" a generation or two ago, is now called "assault & battery", unless it's done by uniformed thugs. You can't put a hand on your kids, but the cops can pepper spray and taze them.

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