Bus drivers and monitors say the controversy surrounding Karen Klein has encouraged people to stand up to bullying on buses.
Many hope the incident will lead to new bus regulations.
"I'm sorry to say it but it had to start with somebody and God used Karen to be an example," said Diane Lovett, Monroe School Transportation Bus Monitor.
Karen Klein has inspired people across the globe to stand up to bullying. On Wednesday, a YouTube video showed her being harassed by middle school students at Greece Athena. The students called her names and threatened her. Karen hopes her story will change behavior on school buses.
"I think policies are going to be changed definitely. Probably all over. I don't know if other districts have had problems like this, but we will find out," said Klein.
To honor Klein and her colleagues, The Mall at Greece Ridge kicked off Bus Monitor and Bus Driver Appreciation Days Saturday.
Bus monitors and drivers gathered to support Karen and voice their opinions about the incident. Lovett says bullying on buses has been a major problem. She believes students should be punished for their actions with community service or suspension.
"I'm totally against violence, but at the same time, I want to protect my life too because I have children and a family that love me too just like their families love them," said Lovett.
Bus monitors and drivers were not the only ones who gathered at the mall. Students from around the area also showed support for Karen. One student, who was bullied herself, read Karen a letter.
"It's just trying to support her because she has had such a hard time. It's just a letter that is making her feel comfortable and trying to help her through what she experienced on that bus," said Angelina Daugustino.
Karen says she cannot believe the attention this controversy has gained. She believes her story can serve as a lesson.
"I mean it's great. It's like all this is coming about. Everybody is talking about it. Things will be done now. The other children that might do it, now they won't," said Klein.
"I'm so glad that justice has prevailed. Not just for Karen, but for all of us, the school bus drivers and the school bus monitors. I'm happy for her. I'm extremely happy for her," said Lovett.
The Mall at Greece Ridge is honoring all bus drivers and monitors for the rest of the weekend. Those with an ID can pick up a gift bag at the mall's customer service desk.