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Bullies are back on the bus

The district says it is abiding by the punishment, by educating the four students away from the general school population.
Greece (Patrice Welsh 13 WHAM-TV) - Where's the punishment? That's what former bus monitor Karen Klein asked after hearing that the students who taunted her on a school bus, are now being transported by bus to an alternative school.

The students were suspended for a year from school and banned from regular bus transportation. But the district says under state law, it is required to educate and transport all students, even when they are banned from taking the bus to school.

The district says it is abiding by the punishment, by educating the four students away from the general school population. They are attending the former West Ridge School. It is now the district's Re-engagement center.

They are transported there separately by bus. No monitor is on board.

Parents wonder though if in this case, the punishment fits the crime. Aimee Corcoran's two children attend Greece schools. She lives just down the street from the former West Ridge School, which the students attend.

She didn't know it was an alternative school and had no idea these students would be given transportation to school. Aimee tells us: "I felt there wasn't enough emphasis about how bad it was and what they did."

Karen Klein tells us: "It doesn't make sense. I think their parents should be the ones to take them to school. I don't like that much. I didn't think they'd be getting a bus."

The district says it is following state law. The students are also required to attend anti-bullying classes and do community service.
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