New York law allows schools to discipline cyberbullies

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

It’s not your father’s bully anymore.

Instead of the 6-foot-tall, slimy loser pushing the nerdy kid with glasses and braces into a locker, your child’s bully today may be a 92-pound beauty with polished fingernails who types nasty innuendos on her smartphone and posts ruinous rumors in the cybersphere.

And while schools are used to dealing with kids’ getting into trouble, now they must address electronic harassment and bullying, including events that occur off school grounds when school is not in session.

Principals say they have been looking into issues resulting from cellphones and posts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media for some time, because their effect often spills over into school.

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