Greece, N.Y.-( 13WHAM.com ) At a press conference Thursday, Greece Police said school bus monitor Karen Klein does not want to file criminal charges against the four students accused of bullying her on the school bus Monday.
A 10 minute-long video recorded by a student Monday includes vulgar and often vicious remarks aimed at 68-year-old Klein.
In the press conference Thursday, Greece Police said the four students involved are all seventh graders at Greece Athena Middle School.
Greece Police Captain Steve Chatterton said in New York State in order to charge someone under the age of 13, the action must rise to the level of a crime and they are still trying to determine if a crime occurred.
Police spoke with Klein at her home on Thursday about her options and she decided not to file charges at this time. Police say she is happy with the Greece Central School District's response to the situation and will let the school handle the disciplinary action against the students.
Police said the students and their families have been cooperative, no one has denied accountability, and they are taking responsibility for their actions. Chatterton also added that the students' families have been threatened.
In response to the bus driver's role, Chatterton said the driver did not know the incident was going on at the time because it happened in the back of the school bus.
Greece School leaders say the students actions are in clear violation of the school's code of conduct. They will not comment on what discipline they will impose on the students.
Assistant Superintendent Deborah Hoeft said the district has received thousands of phone calls and emails from people across the world since the incident. And the district is working to make sure something like this never happens again.