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Seeks to expel students who digitally harass others

Lawmakers in California are considering a bill to punish bullies that harass fellow student via digital means, such as test messages or social networks like MySpace.

Introduced in the California legislature by Assemblyman Ted Lieu of Torrance, Assembly Bill 86 opens up the possibility of suspension or expulsion to students who threaten others via any electronic medium, defined as “any information … transmitted by wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic or other similar means.”

With the advent of the internet, educators are finding it increasingly difficult to watch for the signs of bullying, as students trade physical altercations with digital ones – incidents that leave occur outside of school grounds and leave little in the way of visible scars.

A California government-sanctioned review of the bill notes inspiration from the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Task Force on School and Campus Safety, which published a report suggesting schools increase their prevention activities against bullying in any form, “including cyber bullying.”

“The growth in the use of technology and social networking sites by younger Americans has fueled a fear among professionals that cyber bullying will become the means most often utilized to harass,” reads the report. “while certainly more prevalent in the elementary and secondary school setting, issues related to bullying or intimidation are increasingly relevant in other nontraditional settings.”

Much of legislators’ awareness of cyberbullying can be traced to the case of Megan Meier, a chronically-depressed 13-year-old who committed suicide in 2006 after a friendship with a “16-year-old boy” – really the parent of one of Meier’s friends, 49-year-old Lori Drew – turned south. A local police investigation eventually turned into a federal investigation, and in May 2008 Drew a federal grand jury indicted Drew on charges of conspiracy and accessing protected computers without authorization.

The FBI’s “questionable” logic in choosing to prosecute Drew based on her decision to violate MySpace’s Terms of Service (TOS) has since kicked off a thriving debate among legal experts, with lawyers from the Electronic Frontier Foundation informally offering to step in on Drew’s behalf.

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As many above state...
By tdktank59 on 8/13/2008 10:30:11 PM , Rating: 2
It is sad when the youth of America don't have the values they should carry along with them in life.

I am 18 as of April of this year, however unlike most people I know my parents were strict enough to get the point across. In my view they were too lenient and should have "beat" me a bit more... Now mind you as I tell my brother when he says I have mental problems I was more psychologically abused which makes me who I am. Im not a stalker or any of that sort of stuff I just like to joke around a bit more than other people and what not...

If at 18 I can see all these problems that people are getting lazy, careless, un-responsible, and need a person like Dr. Phill or Oprah to tell them how to live. Then there is something WRONG

I can go on and on about this but come on... an 18 year old actually figuring this out on his own lol thats a hint there...

RE: As many above state...
By Lerianis on 8/16/2008 6:17:11 PM , Rating: 1
People have values.... they just don't feel that this 'politically correct' shit is necessary. A lot of people in this world just need to get thicker skin and realize that 'harassment' is part of life, and not everyone in this world is going to like your ass.

Heck, we had this shit YEARS ago..... boys would 'trick' girls into having sex with them, and then dump them in the most INCONSIDERATE ways (when my father/mother were children). None of them committed suicide, and that was in the REAL WORLD.

People are just getting too sensitive and want to muzzle other people's free speech because they want to be little 'pantywaists'.

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