Cyberbullying Law Applies to 'All' Students, Court Rules

, New York Law Journal

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A public school district's obligations under a state anti-bullying law do not end when the targeted child is not enrolled in the district, a Nassau County judge has ruled.

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  • Mickey

    Schools should be responsible for what happens or what is said on school grounds and at school related events. Beyond that, a school district should have little if any responsibility for the conduct of its students during off hours. I do not want the school district regulating my children outside of school and school events. That‘s MY JOB as a parent and the government has NO business whatsoever intervening in the sphere.

  • I applaud the parents in this case. More news coverage is needed because this type of sexual harassment starts in schools (homes too) - the shaming of girls because they are girls, whether they are active sexually or not - hate crimes against them are the norm. All that haters have to do is declare that person a derogatory name, and thats enough to ruin that girls self-image, possibly entire future, all because of an sinister culture that exists. This culture is probably not just on Long Island; a culture which keeps quiet and brutalizes our girls into being punching bags to all sorts of verbal, emotional, sexualized abuses. The goal of all this abuse is to make girls never stand up against the status quo, because that will ensure the status quo continues to make the lives of their victims a living hell, impoverished, voiceless, politically-powerless, etc. Perpetrators learn it both in schools and at home, how to keep girls in line young, they must be shamed and silenced, marginalized and controlled. That is the reality of the conditions girls are living under, they are dis-empowered to do anything about it because they lack the ability to articulate how the nebulous web of hatred towards their gender affects their lives. Nonetheless, the effects are real, and the ramifications are all to evident in the scandals and corruption rocking NY.
    It has to stop, and the line must be drawn, that this type of bullying must and will end if its the last thing we do as a community in our life time, we will be putting a stop to it. For more information on how imposed sexualization of girls/shaming and bullying, is harming our young women, see:
    http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2007/02/sexualization.aspx
    and
    http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/girls/report.aspx

    and read about girls are experiencing at:
    http://usa.everydaysexism.com/
    Suffice it to say, to live as a girl, later on as a woman, is to experience disgust on a daily basis. It should not be this way.

  • Anonymous

    Everybody‘s liable for everything. Great! What a stupid decision. I‘m a just under 80 years old lawyer. Is my Long Island high school still responsible if I get cyberbullied by a (still alive - or perhaps, dead) classmate? Some people shouldn‘t be judges or anywhere near where law is acted upon, made or even thought about. Stupid.

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