Cyberbullying In San Diego Schools And The First Amendment
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Aired 9/24/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Ruth Hargrove, Law Professor, California Western School of Law
Police Chief Reuben Littlejohn, SDUSD
Recently, a school district in Los Angeles County contracted a security firm to monitor social media use among students. The reason? The district wants to prevent incidents of cyberbullying.
As schools search for a way to prevent online intimidation, hiring a security firm is just one tactic being explored. The hope is that such measures might prevent a wave tragedy grown from bullying comments on the internet.
Earlier this month, the nation learned of another death linked to cyberbullying.
A 12-year-old girl in Florida committed suicide apparently after receiving intimidating text messages from classmates. One stated: "Go Kill Yourself."
Tonight a panel in San Diego will be held to discuss cyberbullying in the classroom — and ask the question — can the constitution rein in the bullies?
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