The four seventh grade boys who are responsible for the cringe worthy verbal taunts featured in a viral video are all awaiting punishment. At this point it seems clear whatever punishment they get will come from Greece Central Schools, not from police and prosecutors.
Meantime, at least two of the young boys have written to bus monitor Karen Klein to say they're sorry. The blog for the CNN program Anderson Cooper 360 has obtained statements from two of the boys and two of their parents. Klein has said she does not want the boys to face charges
, although she has expressed what she believes is a fair punishment. She thinks the boys should not be allowed to ride a school bus next year.
Here are the statements from two of the boys, and two of their parents:
Josh: "I am so sorry for the way I treated you. When I saw the video I was disgusted and could not believe I did that. I am sorry for being so mean and I will never treat anyone this way again."
Wesley: "I feel really bad about what I did. I wish I had never done those things. If that had happened to someone in my family, like my mother or grandmother, I would be really mad at the people who did that to them."
Wesley's mom: "I can not even tell you how badly I feel. I am deeply sorry for what my son did. I wish there was some way to make it up to you. I would like it if he could do some work for you or help you in some way. I'm sure that you don't want him anywhere near you or your property and I don't blame. I am embarrassed , angry and sad about the awful way he treated you. I am truly sorry."
Luis' father: "We apologize, from the bottom of our hearts on what happened. We wish this will never happen again, to nobody and from nobody. Like Luis said, if your friend says to bully somebody, please don't do it....A couple of people have already died because of this.
We apologize to Ms. Klein. We're deeply sorry."