Monday 19 February 2018

Video: US teenagers who bullied grandmother suspended from school for one year

A video of four seventh-grade boys mercilessly taunting the 68-year-old Klein that went viral has turned the victim into an international fundraising juggernaut and opened her tormentors to an onslaught of threats and abuse. Photo: AP
A video of four seventh-grade boys mercilessly taunting the 68-year-old Klein that went viral has turned the victim into an international fundraising juggernaut and opened her tormentors to an onslaught of threats and abuse. Photo: AP

Mark Hughes

FOUR teenagers who recorded themselves bullying and taunting an elderly bus monitor and then posted the footage online, sending the footage viral and prompting outrage in the US, have been suspended from school for a year.

The video of Karen Klein, 68, being taunted about her weight and her income for ten minutes by the children, aged 13, was posted online two weeks ago and has been viewed eight million times.



Disgusted viewers set up a website to collect donations for Mrs Klein and raised more than $600,000 (€475,000).



Now the boys have been handed their punishment by school officials in Greece, in upstate New York.



They have agreed to a one-year suspension from school, during which they will be educated at the district's 'Re-engagement Center', described as an "alternative education programme [that] keeps students on track academically while providing a structured opportunity for students to take responsibility for their actions".



They will also be required to complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens and will be enrolled in a bullying-prevention programme.



The school district statement says all the boys, "admitted to wrongdoing [and] accepted the recommended consequences."



Speaking after the punishment was announced Mrs Klein, who had previously suggested community service as a suitable punishment, said she was satisfied with the outcome but that she would still like to meet with the boys face to face.



"I want to ask them why they did it," she told The Associated Press. The boys have all issued apologies for their actions.







Telegraph.co.uk

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