Cassia Co., Idaho schools crack down on cyber-bullying


Times News
Twin Fallas, Idaho — CHEERS: To the Cassia County School District for its enlightened new policy on sexual harassment and cyber-bullying.

The new rules proscribe bullying someone over sexual orientation and crack down on “sexting,” the transmission of sexually explicit messages or photos electronically – primarily between cell phones.
Students and staff at Cassia County schools who engage in these behaviors could find themselves expelled from school or fired.

The new policy includes guidelines that define cyber-bullying as the use of any electronic communications device to convey a message in any format – including audio, video, text, graphics or photographs – that intimidates, harasses or intends to harm another individual.

It also explicitly protects any student or staff member who reports bullying from retaliation.

Harassment has taken on a whole new dimension with the proliferation of electronic communication devices. Good for the Cassia schools for getting out ahead of the curve; other south-central Idaho districts should follow suit. Full story.

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