Trinity Graduate Student on Cyberbullying
August 30, 2011
By Jacqueline Rabe
As students head back to school after summer vacation, educators, free-speech advocates and antibullying activists are gearing up for implementation of the state’s new “cyberbullying” law that will make on-line statements subject to academic disciplinary proceedings.
The new law puts school officials in the position of having to pass judgement on off-campus speech with little legal precedent to guide them, some expert say. If they clamp down on online comments, they risk First Amendment challenges. If they’re too lenient, they could be deemed responsible if cyberbullying leads to tragedy.