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Students bullying bus monitor receive threats: Queen's University expert


Queen’s University Languages, Literatures and Cultures professor Jill Scott is available to speak about the Karen Klein bullying incident. After a video of several students bullying Ms. Klein went viral, the students began to receive threats against themselves and their families and have been placed under police protection.

Dr. Scott, who studies reconciliation and forgiveness, says that the bullies need to learn why their actions were wrong.

“The outpouring of generosity for Karen Klein is wonderful, and she will definitely need a vacation after this ordeal. But it shouldn't end there. We have a real opportunity to bring parties together and find positive ways to move forward. Restorative justice programs have been used in schools to deal with the aftermath of bullying and violence. It is about restoring the victim's dignity but we can't forget about the wrongdoers – a mediated process can help them to see the damage, apologize for the harm, and to develop appropriate behaviours for the future,” says Dr. Scott.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig (office: 613-533-2877, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) or Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, michael.onesi@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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