RI Lawmakers to Look at Cyberbullying Law

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island lawmakers will review legislation creating a single statewide standard to address cyberbullying in schools.

The proposal is the subject of a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday evening.

The policy would offer procedures for teachers and administrators to use when responding to bullying reports, notifying parents and disciplining students.

The proposal is the work of a task force set up to study what educators say is a growing problem of students using email, text messages and social networking sites to bully or humiliate their
peers.

It would be up to the state's Department of Education to craft the details of the statewide policy.

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