Bus monitor doesn't want to press charges against teens
Posted at: 06/21/2012 11:03 AM | Updated at: 06/21/2012 2:09 PM
A 68-year-old bus monitor has decided not to press charges against four, 13-year-old boys who taunted her while on a Greece school bus.
Greece Central School District Officials and the Greece Police Department held a news conference Thursday afternoon to update the status of their investigation into the incident involving Karen Klein.
Greece Police Captain Steve Chatterton told the media that at this time, Klein has chosen not to press charges, if charges were able to be filed. He said investigators are not sure if what the teens did rises to the level of a misdemeanor or felony – which would be required if the boys were to be charged in family court.
Greece Central School District officials say disciplinary action will be taken but because of school policy, the outcome will not be known to the public.
Police say the four boys involved in the incident are receiving death threats along with their families and says it must stop. Captain Chatterton says one teen’s cell phone had more than 1,000 missed phone calls and 1,000 text messages. Now police continually monitor the teens’ homes to make sure they are safe.
News10NBC has received numerous comments about why the bus driver did not get involved. Police say the incident happened in the back of the bus and the bus driver had no way of hearing or knowing what was happening to Klein.
Captain Chatterton says their investigation is not over. He says they want to be thorough in the event Klein does decide to press charges if the evidence supports that.