Aspen (Colo.) Schools Consider Adding Policy to Ban Cyber Bullying

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Aspen school board will consider incorporating cyber-bullying into a district-wide policy after a local attorney said at a meeting Monday that it has become a problem in the community.

As it stands, the Aspen School District defines bullying as “any written or verbal expression, physical act or gesture that is intended to cause stress on students in the school environment.” 

It does not specifically address cyber-bullying, Matthew Ferguson noted in a memo to the board. Ferguson presented the memo during an open comment period at Monday’s meeting.

As cyber-bullying becomes more prevalent, it’s imperative that the school district address its policy on bullying through text messages or on social media sites, he said.

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