How Texas schools deal with cyber-bullying

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 8:28am

WACO -- A conversation on Facebook that resembled a high school "Hit List" resulted in the expulsion of three Indiana girls.

Now the American Civil Liberties Union is fighting the expulsion, arguing the conversation was meant to be humorous.

But instances like this are why schools across the nation are implementing laws against bullying.

However Central Texas officials tell us cyber-bullying is a difficult subject to teach because electronic media creates invisibility that our youth mistakes for being anonymous.

"The consequences may only be interpersonal and may be social at this time but in the future in terms of employment searches, college application searches, they could be a soft reason to reject a student or an applicant," said Nancy Cross, education specialist for Education Service Center Region 12.

In Texas a threatening post on an internet site is more likely to be referred to local law enforcement than the school board.

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