Teen accused of seizing MySpace, Facebook pages

Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore — Oregon State Police say two female college students report being locked out of their social networking sites by a hacker who demanded nude photographs.

A 16-year-old Clackamas, Ore., youth is accused in the case. The Oregonian says the high school student is expected to face computer crime and theft by extortion charges in Clackamas County Juvenile Court.

One of the 18-year-old women attends Oregon State University, the other Washington State University. State police say the 16-year-old boy grew up within blocks of the two women.

Senior Trooper Randy Westbrook says the boy admitted hacking into the MySpace and Facebook pages when he was confronted by police, saying it was a prank. Full story.

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Oregon governor signs bullying bill into law

By John Tierny
KVAL News
SALEM, Ore. — As lawmakers count down the final weeks of the 2009 Oregon legislative session, Governor Ted Kulongoski signed a series of bills into law today.

Bullying Bill:
The law creates more strict and uniform bullying policies across Oregon school districts. It includes the following:
— Changes the definition of bullying to include hurting the psychological well-being of children.
— Requires schools districts to write policies prohibiting bullying, including cyberbullying.
— Mandates reporting all cases to the state once a year. Full story.

Oregon schools get anti-bullying law

KGW-Channel 8

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed a bill into law Friday that cracks down on bullying and harassment in schools.

The Oregon Safe Schools Act is an updated, tougher version of an existing anti-bullying bill. PDF: Read the bill.

Under the new law, all Oregon schools must clearly define and post anti-bullying and harassment rules. Each school must elect a point person designated to address bullying concerns. Full story.

Oregon Senate toughens anti-bullying policy

Insurance Journal
A bill intended to reduce the amount of bullying in Oregon schools is headed to Gov. Ted Kulongoski for his signature.
The Oregon Senate follwed the House’s lead in approving a bill that requires school districts to establish clear, uniform policies to combat bullying and to designate specific employees to investigate incidents. Full story.