Montana schools step in after anti-bullying bills fail in legislature

Monday, June 10, 2013

A middle school classmate promised to make Jill Sharp's life a living hell after the talented athlete won a coveted spot on a dance team in Sidney.

Sharp thought it was an empty threat, made out of jealousy. But then the girl attacked Sharp's dancing ability and tarnished her reputation using social media sites such as MSN Messenger, Myspace, Facebook and Twitter.

Sharp, now 20, told her story this year before the Montana House Judiciary Committee as it was considering an anti-bullying bill. She described how the taunting messages continued to appear through middle school and high school.

"But I was always taught that I would be the bigger person," Sharp said in a recent interview. "I just hoped this person would grow out of it."

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