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New Law Cracks Down on Online Bullies

July 10th, 2013 by flanews

Statistically, Nearly 1 of every 4 teenagers in this room has been bullied.


“Nobody wakes up in the morning and says, today is the day I’m going to be bullied and picked on,” says rising-JuniorDaltonSettlemire.


Rising Junior, Dalton Settlemire says he’s seen it all: everything from bullying in the halls at, to his classmates being bullied online. “I’ve probably seen types of bullying that doesn’t even have names yet. It really is unfortunate,” said Settlemire.


“It’s a lot easier for kids to sit behind a computer screen and be more confident or harsher to their peers than they would be face to face,” said rising-Junior Wyatt Navarro.


Floridalawmakers just expanded a 2008 anti-bullying law to include cyberbullying and it includes some activities that take place off of school grounds.  “It looks at a student’s actions, words and context they may be communicating digitally outside of school,” said Erin Watson.


Many worry the change invades a student’s privacy. Both sides are worried how the law will be enforced.


“For example, say I’m at home sending mean messages to a fellow classmate on Facebook,” reported Matt Horn. “The only way the school can discipline a student is if there is proof I am threatening the other student and it’s a disruption at school.”


“I think whatever kind of punishment is deemed necessary is necessary in that situation,” said Settlemire.


Regardless supporters say this is a step forward into protectingFlorida’s teens from online bullies.

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