GREECE, N.Y. (WIVB) - The threats have expanded since the YouTube video of four middle school students from Greece, New York made headlines.
In the video you can hear the students call the 68-year-old bus aide Karen Klein a troll, ugly and even threaten to stab her.
Since the video has spread, so have the threats. People have not only sent hateful messages to the teens, but now they're doing it to the district's school board members, police and staff.
Greece School Board Member Sean McCabe said he's received roughly a thousand emails and many have had vulgar messages. "That we're morons. That we're idiots, we're imbeciles, we don't know what we're doing so we should all be fearful."
McCabe said the hateful message from others is no different then what the kids did. "You want to teach these kids, but you're doing the same thing they did, but through an email," said McCabe.
He said people need to lead by example. He said this experience gives the community a chance to turn this into a teachable moment about how to treat people and what appropriate behavior is.
He said everyone agrees the students need to be disciplined. Greece Police will not be pressing charges. But the district will discipline them. Officials just have not decided what they're going to do yet. By law, McCabe says they can't give out specific details, but he said the district has a range of things to consider. "They could receive in school suspension, out of school suspension; they could be suspended out of school. Depending on the superintendent's hearing, (they could be out) for a significant period of time" said McCabe.
It's also up to the parents to discipline the kids. One of the boy's father's told Inside Edition that he plans to take action. "It's not just going to stop with your grounded, you don't get TV. This is much bigger than that. This is something for professionals to interview Wesley and find out what the underlying problem is," said Robert Helm.
Greece Board Member McCabe said the school district and police are still working on their investigation. Once it is complete, school officials will be able to decide on the appropriate punishment for each student.
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