Madison, Wisc. setting new policies on bullying, cyber-bullying

By Chuck Clement
Madison Daily Leader
MADISON, Wisc. — The Madison School Board will hear the first reading of new policies regarding student bullying and cyber bullying during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Room 117 at the Madison Middle School.

The new policies were written so Madison schools can avoid a negative environment in which bullying would interfere with students’ academic performance.

The bullying policies would remain in effect when students are present on school district property, in school vehicles and at school-sponsored activities. The policies would cover situations in which the students are away from the schools but any misconduct would affect school district operations.

The district’s cyber-bullying policies would prohibit students and school staff from using all forms of electronic communication to harass and stalk each other. The school district would hold adults and students accountable if they electronically transmit any antisocial behavior, including harassing messages, hate mail and discriminatory remarks. The policy would cover complaints in which the cyber bullying originated from a school district-owned computer or a nonschool computer if the message disrupts teaching or daily school operations. Full story.


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