GREECE, N.Y. (WIVB) - The bullying of a school bus aide in Greece has drawn outrage from around the world. But the students involved will not face criminal charges.
Four Greece Middle School boys tormented and threatened 68-year-old bus monitor Karen Klein as she just sits and takes it, wiping tears from her eyes.
One student said, "How about I bring my [swear word] knife and cut you?"
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On Thursday, Klein told News 4, "They had been bad off and on, criticizing me my hair."
Those students are now getting the threats. One of the bully's fathers is speaking out. Robert Helm told Inside Edition that he was horrified watching the video.
"I'm sorry. This is not the way I raised my kids. I never would have in my wildest dreams think that they were capable of anything like this," Helm said.
Klein hopes the boys learn a lesson, and despite the abuse she suffered, her kindness still shines through. The grandmother of eight doesn't want to see criminal action taken against them.
"I almost think what they are going through is worse than what I went through. They are threatening these families and I don't like that," Klein said.
Helm says drastic measures need to be taken for his son.
He assured, "It's not going to stop with, 'You're grounded; you're not going to get TV.' This is much bigger than that. This is something for a professional to interview Wesley and to find out what the underlying problem is."
He says his son has already written Klein a letter of apology.
After seeing and being horrified by the video, Canadian Max Sidorov of Ontario launched an online fundraising effort to send Klein on a dream vacation.
Sidorov explained, "I just want people to focus on the good and what can happen from this. What we're doing is great, so let's continue with the good."
Thursday night, the website being used to raise money for Klein had almost $400,000 in donations. Klein reportedly makes $15,500 per year working as a bus aide.
To put it into perspective, she would have to work nearly 26 years to make that kind of money.
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