Thursday, July 21, 2011

School Officials Start Year With Stronger Anti-Bullying Law

Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) July 20, 2011

"School superintendents and principals will be starting the school year with a new anti-bullying law that gives them greater latitude to intervene when students become involved in cyberbullying.
Dr. Jo Ann Freiberg, a consultant with the Connecticut Department of Education, calls the law, which went into effect July 1, "a paradigm shift in how schools look at bullying."
The measure strengthens Connecticut's anti-bullying laws by giving school officials more authority to step in when students use the Internet or text messaging to torment their peers — even when it occurs off school grounds — if the online activity affects the student's schoolwork or willingness to attend school. Just as importantly, some educators say, the law also requires districts to take a step back and look at the larger issue of school climate." Read More

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