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The Greece School District has released information about the disciplinary action that will be taken against four Athena Middle School students who made abusive comments against bus monitor Karen Klein earlier this month.
Cell phone video of that incident posted on various websites, brought worldwide attention to Greece. It also resulted in a fundraising effort for Klein, which has now raised more than 667-thousand dollars.
District officials say during the 2012-2013 school year, the four students, have each been suspended for one year. They are also banned from using the school bus during that time.
They will be transferred to the district "Reengagement Center, " which is located in a non-school facility. That is an alternative education program which officials say keeps students on track academically while also providing formal instruction related to conduct and behavior.
Each student will have to complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens and will complete a formal program in bullying prevention. If, at 30 weeks into the school year, the students have completed the various requirements and are in good standing at the Reengagement Center, they can apply for early readmission to Athena Middle School.
The district is also completing an internal review of policies and training relating to bullying behavior.