Today we live in a world where adolescents bully their victims through the information technology, and the harassment reaches a point where some think suicide is the only means to an end. Action News for Jax reported in the story “Cyber bullies becoming a more common problem” that forty-two percent of kids in the fourth to eighth grades across the country are being bullied online. Parents of these victims have turned to the school for help in stopping the bullies and enact some sort of punishment. Cyberbullying is an issue that needs to cease and desist in our community with the help of our government, educators, and parents.
A person can be subjected to bulling through technology twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week if someone wishes. According to one story from Action News for Jax, Courtney, a fifth grader complained, “She [the bully] was texting me, sending me messages on Facebook about how she was going to meet me after school and beat me up and she got her friends to call and try to cuss me out.” The aforementioned bully was one of Courtney’s close friend. Another victim named Megan was a teen that took her life due to a neighborhood mom posing as a teen boy and harassed Megan on line. Students, parents, and educators across the nation are being asked to take the “Megan Pledge”. The pledge’s conditions state to take a stand against cyberbullying. Please report signs bullying if you have knowledge of its presence and do not make suicide an option. Plans are now being executed to handle bullying with new state laws. In Florida, school districts are being forced to apply a cyberbullying policy. In “Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray” Jan Hoffman states, “The Supreme Court has not yet addressed online student speech. Lower-court judges in some districts have sided with schools that have disciplined students for posting threatening videos about educators from their home computers.” Punishment is needed to teach the kids a lesson. Students were...
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