Karen Klein video brings about changes to Greece school district bullying policy
Posted at: 09/06/2012 5:32 PM
| Updated at: 09/06/2012 6:56 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion | WHEC.com
School is back in session in Greece, and officials say students will be seeing a lot of changes when it comes to bullying.
It's all because of an incident that was seen all over the world, on YouTube, changing the way people looked at bullying.
The subject of that video, bus monitor Karen Klein won't be working at the Greece school district anymore, but her incident has pushed officials to change procedures on and off school buses.
The video involving Klein was seen by millions of people. Four middle school students verbally assaulted the woman back in June, pushing her to tears. The video caused an outrage, pushing people to raise more than $700,000 for the bullied bus monitor.
Since the incident, school officials say they hired a specialist to tackle the issue of bullying throughout the district. Right now, they say every single bus monitor and driver has had at least a few hours of anti-bullying classes. They were given a packet, which shows ways to pinpoint bullying, how to intervene, and how to properly report an incident.
School officials say this was the first step, but they also made changes to their buses as well.
Officials have been preparing more than 200 buses for the new school year. The outside will pretty much look the same, but its when the students step inside that they'll see the change.
Officials have placed signs throughout the bus, reminding students of the district's bullying rules and their zero-tolerance police. They have also changed their bullying procedures. Before, incidents would take about 4 or 5 days to process. Now, it will only take 24 hours.
The incident reports will now be computerized, so the school principal and parents will be able to see it as soon as possible.
School officials say they are trying to move past the incident with Karen Klein, and say these changes are a step in the right direction.
Officials say these new rules aren't just for bus monitors and drivers. Every department has been trained to recognize the signs of bullying throughout the entire district.
The students involved in the Karen Klein video are currently attending classes in a separate facility from the rest of the school. They will be taking what is called a re-engagement program. They'll spend the first three semesters there, undergoing counseling and hours of community service.
School officials did say if the students complete the program before the fourth semester, there is a chance they will be allowed back into regular schools.