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Old 06-14-2011, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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On home computers, kids can mock school officials


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(A)n eighth-grade honors student disciplined for two dress-code violations created a MySpace page in March 2007 using an actual photo of the principal with a fake name. The site purported to be that of a 40-year-old Alabama school principal who described himself - through a string of sexual vulgarities - as a pedophile and sex addict. The Internet address included the phrase "kids rock my bed."


My concern with this ruling is that it may be used as precedent to deny schools the opportunity to address cyberbullying between students.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:08 AM
 
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On home computers, kids can mock school officials


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(A)n eighth-grade honors student disciplined for two dress-code violations created a MySpace page in March 2007 using an actual photo of the principal with a fake name. The site purported to be that of a 40-year-old Alabama school principal who described himself - through a string of sexual vulgarities - as a pedophile and sex addict. The Internet address included the phrase "kids rock my bed."


My concern with this ruling is that it may be used as precedent to deny schools the opportunity to address cyberbullying between students.
IMO cyberbullying that occurs off campus should be handled by the police, not the school.
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Except that much of what happens in cyberbullying may not be against the law. I went to a workshop on this a while ago and can't remember the citation but there was previous precedent that said if school was the nexus between harasser and victim, then schools were on the hook to respond. Perhaps that has been overturned, but I think that would take away a safety net from victims.
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:51 PM
 
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Except that much of what happens in cyberbullying may not be against the law. I went to a workshop on this a while ago and can't remember the citation but there was previous precedent that said if school was the nexus between harasser and victim, then schools were on the hook to respond. Perhaps that has been overturned, but I think that would take away a safety net from victims.
My concern with cyberbullying being the responsibility of the school is that it is inappropriate for a school employee to be expected to control a student's behavior outside of school.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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This is truly scary. I hope that the principal and teachers involved then sue through civil courts for libel. If more students are sued and are possibly arrested for harassment, hopefully that will lessen the amount of cyber bullying that occurs.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:59 PM
 
Location: West Jordan, UT
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This is truly scary. I hope that the principal and teachers involved then sue through civil courts for libel. If more students are sued and are possibly arrested for harassment, hopefully that will lessen the amount of cyber bullying that occurs.
I agree. I hope the parents are made to pay for slander. &, yes, hope that might lessen cyber bullying.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Whoville....
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I would think the principal could sue for slander.
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