N.Y. bullied bus monitor Karen Klein retiring

Ex- bus monitor Karen Klein, of Greece, N.Y., is surrounded by school children while riding a tourist duck boat in Boston on June 26, 2012. AP Photo/Steven Senne

(CBS/AP) GREECE, N.Y. - Karen Klein, the New York school bus monitor who was shown in a video being relentlessly bullied by young boys, is retiring.

Karen Klein told The Associated Press on Friday it was a tough decision to leave the job she held for three years but it's time to move on.

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The 68-year-old suburban Rochester grandmother says she's not quitting because of what happened on the last day of school in June, when four seventh-grade students taunted her with profanity, insults and threats during a school bus run.

A 10-minute video of the episode went viral online and spurred an outpouring of more than $700,000 in donations from all over the world. On the video, one student said to Klein "you don't have a family because they all killed themselves because they don't want to be near you." Klein's oldest son killed himself 10 years ago.

Since then, the four seventh-grade students have been suspended for a year from both their middle school and from using regular bus transportation. They are currently enrolled in a special alternative education program and required to complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens.

The boys have since apologized to Klein, but she told CBS This Morning: Saturday that she isn't sure they were sincere. She said she didn't want the boys to face criminal punishment, however, since they apologized personally.

"How sincere is a 13-year-old after they've done what they've done? I don't know. I hope they're sincere. I hope they have learned a lesson. And I hope they can go on with their life as a nicer person," Klein said on the program.

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