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Cyberbullying In San Diego Schools And The First Amendment

Aired 9/24/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Ruth Hargrove, Law Professor, California Western School of Law

Police Chief Reuben Littlejohn, SDUSD

Transcript

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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