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Wisconsin legislators consider anti-bullying bill banning 'annoying' speech

(10/16/13 1:42pm)

The Wisconsin Senate’s Committee on Education voted unanimously last week to move forward on legislation that would add cyberbullying and electronic harassment to the state’s antibullying laws, as well as require school district officials to report certain bullying incidents to law enforcement regardless of where the incident took place.

U. of Oregon student senator reports ‘hurtful’ blogs to administration for possible student conduct violations

(11/05/14 2:37pm)

Miles Sisk, senate vice president of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon, said on Oct. 22 that he plans to give the IP addresses of blogs, containing content that Sisk said was a form of “cyberbullying,” to university administration for possible violations of student conduct if they were not terminated in 48 hours.

Miss. bill could allow schools to punish students for off-campus social media posts

(01/28/15 4:02pm)

The bill would make it a misdemeanor if students post to social media to “intimidate or torment” another student or school employee. The bill would also criminalize statements — even if they are true — that are intended or are likely to provoke a third party to stalk or harass a student or school employee.

Cyberbullying bill in Ala. could criminalize students’ online speech

(03/12/15 3:46pm)

Sen. Arthur Orr introduced a bill on March 3 that would make it a crime if a student posts personal, private or sexual information on social media with the intent to “intimidate or torment” another student or school employee. The law would punish students for all statements — “whether true or false” — that are likely to provoke the stalking or harassment of a student or employee.

AG Cuccinelli's go-ahead to search student cell-phones raises Fourth Amendment questions

(11/29/10 10:37am)

In the understandable haste to spare kids from the brutal impact of bullying, some school systems are pushing against constitutional boundaries to assert authority not only to seize students' cellphones but to read the messages stored on them. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli waded into this controversy in a November 24 opinion issued at the request of a Virginia legislator, Robert Bell.

School districts chafing at cyberbullying liability should have heeded the "Spider-Man Rule"

(12/23/10 4:08pm)

The U.S. Department of Education's broadside warning that school districts may violate federal civil-rights law if they fail to prevent "cyberbullying" is provoking some pushback from the nation's school districts. The chief legal counsel for the National School Boards Association, Francisco Negron, told the DOE earlier this month that the Department's recent reinterpretation of the Title IX of the Civil Rights Act dangerously lowers the threshold for holding schools liable for student-on-student harassment. In a Dec.

Parents drop discrimination lawsuit with student newspaper connection

(07/14/11 12:20pm)

The parents of a former middle school student have dropped a discrimination lawsuit that was based in part on the family's objections to a student newspaper column. Caroline Lineen, attorney for Mahopac Central School District, said that the plaintiffs, the parents of then-middle school student “H.B.”, suddenly chose to withdraw the complaint without explanation.