Should Cyberbullying be Addressed by School Administrators?
“I don’t know why everybody hates me so much. But maybe I do because now I hate me too. Right now, I don’t see the reason for trying, or for talking, or for breathing. I’m just done” said Taylor Hillridge, a cyberbullying victim from the movie Cyberbully, played by Emily Osment. Taylor Hillridge finally receives a laptop without her mom controlling on what she’s doing on the internet. She signs up on a website called Cliquesters and one day her brother hacks her account and writes a false statement about Taylor. Everyone from her school sees the status and comments on it. Everything from then on goes downhill for Taylor. She tried to commit suicide many times but eventually at the end of the movie, Taylor and her friends stand up to bullying. According to stopbullying.org, cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. There’s no controversy on whether cyberbullying is bad or not but there is controversy on whether cyberbullying should be addressed by school administrators or not. School administrators should not address cyberbullying because cyberbullying occurs off campus and does not relate to school. Although cyberbullying occurs off campus, victims of cyberbullying should talk to a teacher or guidance counselor about it to get guidance or help. According to a New York Times article, Rutger’s Webcam-Spying Defendant Is Sentenced to 30-Day Jail Time,Tyler Clementi, a student from Rutgers University committed suicide in September 2010, two days after Clementi found out that his roommate, Dharun Ravi used a webcam to spy on him having sexual intercourse with another man. This situation was taken to court and resulted with Ravi going to jail for 30 days. However, school administrators should not address...
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