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Should cyberbullying be punishable by schools?

Most everyone can agree that internet bullying is a problem that many students are faced with. The solution to the problem, however, is not as clear. With the addition of technology to the daily lives of students, bullying can now take place online in addition to in person. This allows students to bully—or be bullied—on and off school property. Schools are faced with an issue: should they punish students involved with cyberbullying, even if it takes place outside of the school?

Some schools believe it is within their rights to step in and punish any bullying that takes place by students, whether on or off school property. Although much of the legal precedent set in the past decade goes against this belief, many communities are passing laws to allow schools to punish cyberbullying, regardless of where it takes place.

Others believe that the school’s rights diminish as the student leaves school property, therefore excluding many incidents of cyberbullying from school jurisdiction. Many on this side of the debate believe that parents should be the ones punishing their children for participating in cyberbullying.

What do you think? Should cyberbullying be punishable by schools?

Current Standings:
Yes: 70%
No: 30%
  • liana from Texas

    yes because it’s wrong, if a girl from school is bullying me online i would tell the school. It’s wrong and just rude no one should try to make anyone feel bad.

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  • Karigan from Ohio

    Cyber bullying should be punishable by school because it effects the students emotional health. If the problem isn’t resolved then it could just get worse and worse, and the student could start getting bullied in school if nobody try’s an stop it. The more it happens the worse it gets and it will just effect the person that is getting bullied more and more. If the school could punish the cyber bully then it will show that other people can’t get away with it and they can get in trouble for what they are doing.

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    Cyber bullying should be punishable by school because it effects the students emotional health. If the problem isn’t resolved then it could just get w…

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    • Lillianna from Michigan

      I agree, I try telling other students in my class that schools should punish cyber bullies because older kids would get cyber bullied and then bully someone for real at school. And what if little kids are around watching, what do you think the little kids will be thinking, they’ll be thinking that thats ok to do and go bully other little kids.
      Thank You- Lillianna Misner from Michigan

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      I agree, I try telling other students in my class that schools should punish cyber bullies because older kids would get cyber bullied and then bully s…

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  • Aubrey from Ohio

    Cyber bullying affects more students than most would think, it affects their mental health, their self esteem. As some bullying may happen not on school grounds, you should always still take precautions for cyberbullying and any form of bullying. Cyberbullying though can happen anywhere at anytime, on school grounds or off even. Teachers should be aware of what’s happening in their student’s lives especially their school life, and checking up on them to make sure that nothing wrong is going on that. they may need to talk about just dont want the person bullying them to find out. So, yes cyberbullying should be punishable by schools.

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    Cyber bullying affects more students than most would think, it affects their mental health, their self esteem. As some bullying may happen not on scho…

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  • Abigail from Ohio

    Yes I believe that bullying should be handled by the school even if it is not happening at the school. So many students are being cyber bullied and if they don’t get punished for their actions then they are going to do it continuously. It is ridiculous how often it is happening. A lot of students and parents have said that they have gone to the principles at their schools and they dont do much to stop the situation. This needs to stop. If children aren’t getting the help they need at home then they should be able to come to school and get help.

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    Yes I believe that bullying should be handled by the school even if it is not happening at the school. So many students are being cyber bullied and if…

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  • Alissa from New Hampshire

    Cyberbullying is just as hurtful as bullying that happens inside a school and can result in many terrible things, it should be punished in schools and people should look out for it.

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    Cyberbullying is just as hurtful as bullying that happens inside a school and can result in many terrible things, it should be punished in schools and…

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  • Brooke from Ohio

    Schools should punish cyber bullies. They should be punshied because that student is still in their school and they are bulling another kid at that school. Who knows if it is just online or if it could lead to physical bulling also. If the schools stop it online then it wont happen in school. Students take bulling very diffrent, some could just shrug it off but other student could be sensitive and they might harm themselves because of what was said online. Some kids don’t have anyone to go to so they feel like they are alone, if the school gets involved that that shows the students that the school actually cares about them and can feel safe in school.

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    Schools should punish cyber bullies. They should be punshied because that student is still in their school and they are bulling another kid at that sc…

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  • Tatianna from Pennsylvania

    I think that schools should punish cyber bullies because it will get to the point that the people that are be cyber bullied will have thoughts of committing suicide.

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  • Avonna from Pennsylvania

    Avonna from Arizona I believe cyber bullying is very wrong because some people take it harsh and become very suicidal and attempt it. It is to the point parents don’t even do anything about it. I feel it is wrong and is very important that schools and parents should stop it and end it.

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    Avonna from Arizona I believe cyber bullying is very wrong because some people take it harsh and become very suicidal and attempt it. It is to the poi…

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  • abby from Michigan

    I believe cyber bullying is very bad and should be treated by schools. If kids get away with cyber bullying then they could turn out bad and start to do lots of bad things because they think they can get away with it. Also, the victims of it could start believing the bad things that the bully is saying about them and that could ruin their self-esteem and they could harm themselves. Overall cyber bullying is not okay and schools should look out for it and take control.

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    I believe cyber bullying is very bad and should be treated by schools. If kids get away with cyber bullying then they could turn out bad and start to …

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  • Isaiah from Illinois

    Yes, 100% Cyberbullying should be treated 100% like other more traditional forms of bullying, the effects can be just as bad and as equally damaging.

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  • brittany from Iowa

    Cyberbullying we all know is wrong and the school should deal with it on or off schools because it is their children and students and do they really want one of their kids depressed and upset because of one bully who thinks it is okay.

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    Cyberbullying we all know is wrong and the school should deal with it on or off schools because it is their children and students and do they really w…

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  • Kyle from Colorado

    It’s wrong to bully people so why should people online get away with it.

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  • Daniel from Georgia

    Bullying that happens on the internet, commonly known as cyberbullying, is an horrible act that makes children feel insecure, hurt, and depressed. This behavior–which often occurs on social media–is one that should be handled and punished by schools. This is because school officials are often the best people to handle such behavior. Unlike law enforcement or even the students’ own parents, teachers and administrators have seen such behavior for most of their careers, and can often tell if it is a serious problem or not. People not used to minors can often mistake playful jokes as cyberbullying, and are not used to talking to and interacting with students. That is why the law often gives schools the right to do such things. Although many people argue that cyberbullying often takes place out of school, out of the jurisdiction of schools, the landmark Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District ruling states that schools have the right to punish speech which makes either a substantial disturbance in schools or causes other students to feel insecure. Guardianship of students is also transferred to school districts when students go to school, giving teachers the right to punish and interfere with students’ lives. Problems like these are best solved in the hands of the schools, who are the most qualified for these problems.

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    Bullying that happens on the internet, commonly known as cyberbullying, is an horrible act that makes children feel insecure, hurt, and depressed. Thi…

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    • Christian from Kansas

      I believe that once someone is off school grounds, schools have no business involving themselves in something that has nothing to do with them. Now, I will say this, if teachers and faculty are bad mouthed on a facebook post or twitter post, then and only then should action be taken. Odds are, when someone is talking crazy on social media, they are not really about it in real life. Parents must have forgot how bad bullying was back when they were in school. They should be so lucky that bullying only happens in a fake reality.

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      I believe that once someone is off school grounds, schools have no business involving themselves in something that has nothing to do with them. Now, I…

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    • Kyle from Colorado

      yeah that would work

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  • Quinn from Missouri

    Yes because bullying is a serious matter and cyberbullying also is.I only think if the cyber bullying is happening with a student and someone else the school should not step in. But if they are both at the school then yes the teachers should step in.

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    Yes because bullying is a serious matter and cyberbullying also is.I only think if the cyber bullying is happening with a student and someone else the…

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  • Saptarshi from Virginia

    Cyber bullying is a crime, in the sense that it messes with a person’s mental peace.

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  • Carrie from Georgia

    I believe that the cyber bullying should be punishable by schools because it has such a harmful impact on students. Cyber bullying is much easier that face to face bullying because someone just has to type the hateful things that they want to say, and they don’t have to say it to their face. It is much easier to just type something rather than having to be social with someone. This is why cyber bullying is so much harmful than contact bullying. However, I believe all bullying should be punished, there is no reason to bring down someone’s self esteem, to just build your own.

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    I believe that the cyber bullying should be punishable by schools because it has such a harmful impact on students. Cyber bullying is much easier that…

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  • Shloka from California

    The reason as to why I am saying that the school should punish students is because the majority of people that are cyberbullied students bullying another student. And the only reason that they would know them is that they go to the same school. Cyberbullying is a way for the bully not to be caught by the other party if it is done anonymously or with a fake account. The school should be responsible for punishing the bully and giving the victim support after the fact.

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    The reason as to why I am saying that the school should punish students is because the majority of people that are cyberbullied students bullying anot…

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  • Elizabeth from Missouri

    I think that cyberbullying is something that we don’t think about unless it’s happening to us. Out of sight out of mind, right? Wrong. Cyberbullying affects students in so many negative ways and nothing is ever done about it, so it continues. I feel like I’m constantly hearing about different bullying stories on the news, and if kids aren’t held accountable for that, the issue will never be resolved. So yes, I think that cyberbullying should be punishable by schools.

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    I think that cyberbullying is something that we don’t think about unless it’s happening to us. Out of sight out of mind, right? Wrong. Cyberbullying a…

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  • Jeremy from California

    Cyberbully is a form of bullying. Schools should be responsible for creating a safe place for students to learn. This means that schools should punish all forms of bullying, including cyberbullying.

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    Cyberbully is a form of bullying. Schools should be responsible for creating a safe place for students to learn. This means that schools should punish…

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  • Andreea from California

    Cyberbullying is bullying there is no reason why physical bullying should have punishments and allow cyberbullies to continue to hurt other people. Due to the easy access to internet and technology cyberbullying is a simple way to make fun of people without physical confrontation. People that are cyberbullied are often more hurt than those who are physically bullied. A punch to the face goes a way in a week but hurtful words stick with people for a lifetime.

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    Cyberbullying is bullying there is no reason why physical bullying should have punishments and allow cyberbullies to continue to hurt other people. Du…

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  • Cole from California

    I think that Cyber bullying is a huge issue in today’s society. The days of people saying “just close the computer’ are over as teen’s social lives are becoming my entangled in social media than ever before. A slap on the wrist by an online website ultimately won’t stop someone from cyberbullying. But if the person is punished by the school and their future is put in peril due to these actions, then maybe they will think twice.

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    I think that Cyber bullying is a huge issue in today’s society. The days of people saying “just close the computer’ are over as teen’s social lives ar…

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  • Stacey from Alabama

    A school should be able to punish students for cyber bullying, providing that it happens between two students of the same school. The school is in charge of maintaining a stable environment for students to be a part of. If a student is bullying another in any way, they should be punished. However, it is a tough thing to punish because unless there is proof, nothing should be done. You don’t want to falsely punish someone for something they didn’t do. But overall schools should punish for cyber bullying because they are in charge of what happens in the school and in their students lives. If a student is being abused at home, the staff has to report it, so why wouldn’t it work the same for cyber bullying?

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    A school should be able to punish students for cyber bullying, providing that it happens between two students of the same school. The school is in cha…

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  • Brianna from Missouri

    I believe cyber bullying should be punished at public schools. It affects the students’ overall health when they are learning at school. As students, we are here to get an education and to make something of ourselves. Most times situations like bullying don’t get resolved and lead to anxiety or depression. Whats the point of going to school if you cant focus on getting any homework done because of a hurtful person. Cyberbullying causes suicides and distractions in our everyday lives and its important for someone to step in and take someone’s hand.

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    I believe cyber bullying should be punished at public schools. It affects the students’ overall health when they are learning at school. As students, …

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  • Jesse from Mississippi

    Due to the development in technology over the past decade, cyber bullying has become a growing issue. It is practically inescapable, because almost everything we do nowadays relies heavily on the internet and technology. Cyber bullying can take a serious toll on students’ self-esteem and mental health, causing them to have behavioral issues or perform poorly in school. School administration should not have total rule over a student’s private life, but if actual cyber bullying can be proven, they should be punished.

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    Due to the development in technology over the past decade, cyber bullying has become a growing issue. It is practically inescapable, because almost e…

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  • Carter from Missouri

    Yes, because it doesn’t matter if it was on and off campus. I believe that if someone from your school is bullying or harassing you from your school or another school that it should be punishable in schools. We see people being bullied all the time on social networks like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We also see hardly anyone being punished for these things even when it’s at school. I believe that if you are being rude to someone online action should be taken to prevent this.

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    Yes, because it doesn’t matter if it was on and off campus. I believe that if someone from your school is bullying or harassing you from your school o…

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  • Nathan from Missouri

    Because if some sort of action isn’t taken then more people will do it because they know they can get away with it. If no action is taken by cyber bullying then why should they do something about physical bullying. That’s my point that something needs to be done about it.

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    Because if some sort of action isn’t taken then more people will do it because they know they can get away with it. If no action is taken by cyber bul…

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  • grace from Kentucky

    i think that schools should get involved because cyberbullying does not only affect your home life but also your school life.

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  • Colton from Kansas

    To punish cyberbullies it can’t be a one size fits all, it will have to be judge on how bad the situation is and should be punish according.
    The school shouldn’t turn a blind eye or a cold shoulder when the bullying takes place off of school grounds or out of school hours, but when students report it, the school should at least step in and try to solve the issue without punishing anyone because it didn’t happen on school grounds or school hours. The school should be able to tell parents of the victim that even though it didn’t happen during or at school they are trying the best to resolve the issue. On the other hand if the bullying does happen during school hours or on school ground the school should have all the right to punish the bully according , and not have to worry about parents being all mad when their child gets suspended for cyberbullying during school hours. Parents should teach their children how to have and use social media if the parents let their child have a phone at a young age. Or parents should not let their child have a phone until they are mature, still teaching them how social media should be used when the parent does decide to give their child a phone or let them use social media site.
    The school should have training (about how to use and have social media) available for their student and for their parents to talk to their child about. Will doing that get rid of cyberbulling? No, but it will be one step close to stop it if the school is trying in every way possible to teach and to help student who are cyberbullies or are being cyberbullied.
    To students reading this if you are a cyberbully stop it, and if you are being cyberbullied, talk to a trusted adult to help you go through being bullied. Don’t fight bullies alone.

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    To punish cyberbullies it can’t be a one size fits all, it will have to be judge on how bad the situation is and should be punish according.

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    • Nate from Colorado

      There is no such thing because people can just shut there computer if they don’t wanna see it and school should not be involved!

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  • Aubrie from Kansas

    I think schools see the result of the bullying most because that is where students are a majority of the time. It is easier for them to contact the students together rather than trying to get parents to rationalize the problem.

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    I think schools see the result of the bullying most because that is where students are a majority of the time. It is easier for them to contact the st…

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  • Trey from Kansas

    i think schools should only be involved if it happen at school.

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  • Haley from Kansas

    Yes, I think it would help if the schools got more involved because if the parents don’t care the kids have to have someone they can depend on and someone they can trust to get help. With the staff being more involved the numbers of bullying and hopefully suicides will go done and I know that’s what everyone wants. We all need to give more discipline and teach respect to others, so they know that it’s not right to be acting they way the kids are.

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    Yes, I think it would help if the schools got more involved because if the parents don’t care the kids have to have someone they can depend on and som…

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  • Johnny from Colorado

    We can all agree that cyber-bullying is an awful act committed by some people. It’s a hard decision on whether or not schools can get involved, especially when the act of cyber-bullying is committed outside of school. For me, the only way schools should be able to get involved and hand out punishments is if the act of cyber-bullying is affecting the students while they are at school. Most of the time, it is affecting the students while they are at school because they aren’t thinking about how to differentiate equations, they’re thinking about what people said about them or to them on social media. They’re thinking about how it will affect their social life and ect.. Also, it can be life threatening, seeing that some students decide to commit self harm in times of bullying. If the school can prevent this, then they should do anything they can.

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    We can all agree that cyber-bullying is an awful act committed by some people. It’s a hard decision on whether or not schools can get involved, especi…

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  • breana from Texas

    Yes, i truly believe that we should start disciplining children that bully others, i don’t think adults really know how much of a toll “bullying” takes upon others. not all, but 95% of suicides happen because of sadness from others. bullying has became a “fun” thing to do in today society. its beyond sad. start making a difference and change children’s actions for the future, we need a better uplifting environment!!

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    Yes, i truly believe that we should start disciplining children that bully others, i don’t think adults really know how much of a toll “bullying” take…

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  • Sophie from California

    A lot of parents won’t discipline their children when their children are caught cyberbullying. They’ll often defend their children’s actions and/or insist that nothing their children did was wrong, or if it was wrong, it wasn’t severe enough to warrant serious consequences. Schools are more impartial than parents. Furthermore, schools need to have the power to issue suspensions–and in extreme cases, expulsions–when it comes to cyberbullying. Even the parent of a a cyberbully who WANTS to discipline their child cannot discipline a child they way a school can, by, say, having the child apologize to an auditorium full of their fellow students, or having them mop three floors of a school’s building, for example. In addition, if a student threatens another student with physical or sexual violence, whether online or face-to-face, it is imperative that the student who made those threats be kept away from the student they threatened. Schools need to have the power to make sure that happens.

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    A lot of parents won’t discipline their children when their children are caught cyberbullying. They’ll often defend their children’s actions and/or in…

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    • Matthew from Colorado

      I would have to agree with you Sophie, as my sister has been cyber-bullied online, and the school did absolutely nothing to help her with her cyber bullying issues.

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  • Matthew from Iowa

    I think schools should be allowed to punish students that are involved in cyberbullying whether they’re doing it inside or outside of school. Some parents don’t care what they’re kids do on social media, that’s one reason why I think schools should be allowed to punish students who are involved in cyberbullying.

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    I think schools should be allowed to punish students that are involved in cyberbullying whether they’re doing it inside or outside of school. Some par…

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  • Morgan from Wisconsin

    Yes, I believe with a documented report, and evidence of the incident, that the school district, and teachers as a whole, should be allowed to take actions towards ending cyberbullying. This issue is a plague of this generation because of the false identities that can be created to hide behind on the internet. These false identities can cause pain and disruption in many lives. Taking care of the issue without having to go around many barriers would benefit the victims of this bullying.

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    Yes, I believe with a documented report, and evidence of the incident, that the school district, and teachers as a whole, should be allowed to take ac…

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  • Brittney from Texas

    Bullies have to be dealt with, if they aren’t taught that their actions have any consequences for their actions than they will continue to bully. It is hard enough today to deal with the overwhelming world around us without the added complications of others bringing us down.

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    Bullies have to be dealt with, if they aren’t taught that their actions have any consequences for their actions than they will continue to bully. It …

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  • Addison from Missouri

    In my opinion, I believe that schools/teachers should be allowed to punish students for cyberbullying. I think this because cyberbullying is serious, so it should be taken seriously. My first reason is, cyberbullying is still bullying so it should be punishable by schools. Whether it is online or in person it is still very effective and could cause many bad things to happen. So shouldn’t we all at least try to do our part? Think about it, by letting teachers punish students for cyberbullying you could save many students lives! My second reason is sometimes parents are unaware that their child is involved in cyberbullying. So, in that case, the parent would not be able to punish their child. Although, if a teacher is around students all day, then they might hear a student talking about a cyberbullying situation. Whether that child is the one being bullied or the bully. Either way, they could help find a solution to the problem.

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    In my opinion, I believe that schools/teachers should be allowed to punish students for cyberbullying. I think this because cyberbullying is serious, …

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  • Eli from Missouri

    Any type of bullying should be dealed with imedeately, and cyberbullying Is no acception.

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  • Evan from Missouri

    I think school should be banned in schools because of how affects people in and out of schools. Also I believe they should punish students for cyber bulling by taking away there Chromebooks or there electronics so I believe cyber bulling should be affected as regular bulling.

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    I think school should be banned in schools because of how affects people in and out of schools. Also I believe they should punish students for cyber …

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  • Natalie from Missouri

    Yes because its still bullying

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  • David from Missouri

    I think that schools should punish cyberbullies. I think they should be punished because it is a type of bulling, and regular bullies are punished so cyberbullies should too.

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  • Joel from Missouri

    I think that schools should be able to punish cyberbullies. I think this because when students enroll in a school, the students kind-of become the school’s responsibility, which makes them protect the students. Cyber-bullying causes death, and everyone should try to stop that, schools included. 20 percent of high school students report being bullied, and schools could easily stop that.

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    I think that schools should be able to punish cyberbullies. I think this because when students enroll in a school, the students kind-of become the sch…

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  • Greyson from Missouri

    Why would it not be its a form of bulling.

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  • Mona from California

    Cyberbullying comes in many forms: from hateful social media comments to threatening text messages. Middle and high school students especially are impacted by the toll that continual cyberbullying takes. Bullies feel much more comfortable with online bullying, as it gives them an option to hide behind a screen instead of facing their victim directly. Schools have a responsibility to address all types of bullying. If schools do not punish cyberbullying then more bullies will decide to hide behind that screen. As far as a potential violation of constitutional rights, the school will be able to see the hateful message/image for themselves and have the actual facts in front of them; there is no way for somoeone to lie or claim that something meant as a joke was actually hateful because school officials can use common sense to determine if something was just sarcastic and/or a personal opinion or a truly hurtful message. Lastly, schools serve as the only option for students who are a victim of cyberbullying. Yes parents can punish them, but at times the parents are just as bad as the child. Social media platforms, similarly, may take down a hateful comment or disable someone’s account but they will never be able to bring justice, as the bully can easily create another social media account to continue bullying. If schools do not punish cyberbullying victims will have no other place to go. We cannot forget the public schools are so much more than education; some people rely on schools for the personal counseling, some rely on school for the first meal of the day, and I don’t think that calling out bullying is so far beyond their reach.

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    Cyberbullying comes in many forms: from hateful social media comments to threatening text messages. Middle and high school students especially are imp…

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    • Matthew from Colorado

      My sister was cyber-bullied in middle school and the school would do absolutely NOTHING to help her, aside from transferring her to the worst school in the district.

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  • Gracee from Arkansas

    Cyberbullying causes so much hurt and death around us. High school is the main place for it. Having been personally involved with something like this, I know that schools only deal with it to a certain extent. They will give them detention for a day, even after saying it is a serious offense, and thats all. Cyberbullying causes suicide, self harm, and hurt. Schools don’t give enough punishment to those who cause these terrible things. Something needs to be done about it.

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    Cyberbullying causes so much hurt and death around us. High school is the main place for it. Having been personally involved with something like this,…

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  • Juliest from Alabama

    Bullying… A child’s worst nightmare. We sat by and seen it happening to others… And we laughed about it. There is nothing funny about a student being picked on based upon outward nature. Now, There is a whole new generation of bullying out there. It is known as Cyberbullying. A type of bullying known to have the ability to occur behind the screen of any technological device and the worst thing about them is that they both starts within the school. What can the people at the child’s home do about it? Parents have less time at home because they have to work to provide the best life possible for their children. Then comes the child, the victim of this horrifying trend. He or She will feel trapped. They will think that death is the only way out. It’s a psychological anomaly that occurs during painfully stressful times in all human beings. Then, comes the “family” that child see almost every day of the scholastic calendar, The teacher. They could be the variable in the scale of life or death to the victims of Cyberbullying. Can you possibly begin to imagine the impact that they have made on their students? There is a great man by the name of Prince Ea, Who broadcasts his messages on the my favorite video sharing platform, Youtube. His message in the video “I JUST SUED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM” included a rather interesting quote: “A teacher should make just as much as a doctor because, A doctor can perform heart surgery and save the life of a kid, but a teacher can reach the heart of that kid and allow them to truly live.” That quote got me thinking about the fact that those teachers can tip the scales of life or death for the betterment of their students. That teacher only one part of a school system. The School Systems are part of what I call “The 3 major public influencers” along side the Fire and Police Departments. They can work together and stop the death of children who suffer from cyberbullying. In conclusion, I believe that cyberbullying should be counted as a school event and punishable by the schools.

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  • Toree from Colorado

    Yes I believe that bullying should be handled by the school even if it is not happening at the school. So many students are being cyber bullied and if they don’t get punished for there action they are going to do it continuously it is ridiculous how often it is happening. A lot of students and parents have said that they have gone to the principles at their schools and they dont do much to stop the situation. I don’t know if adults don’t understand this because they never grew up with technology like our generation has but they need to do something about it. I’m sick and tired of hearing about more and more people my age and younger committing suicide because they were cyber bullied schools need to take a stand and stop the bullying!

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    Yes I believe that bullying should be handled by the school even if it is not happening at the school. So many students are being cyber bullied and if…

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  • Nioni from Louisiana

    It should be made punishable by schools because a lot of students connect by using social media. A lot of times the things that happen on social media are brought to school.

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  • Robert from Ohio

    I believe cyber bullying should be punishable by schools because it allows attention to brought upon something that usually isnt seen by schools or parents. No kid should have to be afraid to go to school or have any sort of outside influence on their education. Allowing schools to put in place some sort of disciplinary action brings light to the situation for the parents and the school so that everyone knows whats going on. I don’t think that it’s the discipline from the school that helps but more so the interaction between parents. If neither the bully’s parents nor the bullied kid’s parents know about the situation, nothing can be done about it. Its the interaction between the bullied kid’s parents and the bully’s parents that really put a stop to the bullying.

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    I believe cyber bullying should be punishable by schools because it allows attention to brought upon something that usually isnt seen by schools or pa…

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  • Brittany from Virginia

    Individuals should have the right to express their thoughts and opinions via the internet and media; however, like with any right, there are limitations. One human being does not have to right to harass and ridicule another, including hateful comments and death threats directed at a specific group or individual. Not only is this demeaning and morally wrong, but actually illegal. The trade of power between one individual and another in which one is benefited from the other’s pain and suffering is called bullying, and bullying is illegal no matter the platform. I don’t understand why simply bullying someone on the internet grants the bully immunity from punishment. Just like any other bully, their torment of others should not go ignored.

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  • Aniya from Maryland

    On social media it starts with you following people you know or seen in school, so therefore it should be a punishment that the school gives out.

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  • Emilee from Washington

    Bullying is not tolerable at schools and although most cyber-bullying is done off campus that does not make it any more tolerable. If a student is being cyber-bullied by another student that makes it a school issue and the school should and should be able to serve out consequences for the student doing the cyber-bullying.

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    Bullying is not tolerable at schools and although most cyber-bullying is done off campus that does not make it any more tolerable. If a student is bei…

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  • Grace from Florida

    Cyber-bullying among teens usually takes place within the student body, although it may not happen during school hours. There is still a large connection to the school, and therefore, the school should have some say in the punishment.

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  • Shaiv from South Dakota

    Many schools have policies in place that regulate how students act when they are outside of school. If someone can get punished by his or her school for substance abuse outside of school, I see no reason why cyberbullying should not be punishable as well. Unlike substance abuse, cyberbullying has a victim, so it must be treated with AT LEAST equal severity. In addition to this, the primary purpose of a school is to prepare students for their futures. This should expand to discipline since in the future, students will suffer consequences for their actions. Punishing cyber bullies teaches them this behavior is unacceptable and will result in negative consequences. By punishing the bullies, schools will be bettering the lives of victims while also teaching the bullies valuable life lessons.

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  • Leeyana from Nevada

    All forms of bullying can harm a person emotionally and physically, but the act of cyber-bullying on a young adolescent, it never truly dissipates. The internet is a cruel place, made easy to target innocent people for their flaws or not being societies picturesque image. Words can be forgotten, but when written in media’s black ink, it is permanent for all to see; never erased because it copied multiple times to be placed in many areas of social media. Cyber-bullying tends to happen in middle school through high school, which is the period of adolescence and self-discovery. Puberty alone, at this stage in life development, follows a surge of hormones that intensifies the average mood in a person; with online hatred and mutilation, a student is more likely to become depressed and even commit suicide. These victims carry sadistic and painful words throughout their school day without anyone knowing, and yes they are able to take initiative with programs online or talking to a parent, but sometime it isn’t enough. By blocking the source of cyber-bullying, the person at hand is still able to post abusive things online for all to see. Cyber-bullying isn’t a one time thing, it branches out and can turn into bullying outside the screen, impossible for a person to escape. People may say that these kids need to get over it because in the long run it shapes an individual for adulthood and the work force. However, as I’ve said, in the stage of adolescence a person is still developing cognitive sense such as abstract reasoning and morality. With adults, most know right from wrong and aren’t going to take the time of day to bully another human online about their weight or height. I believe cyber-bullying should be punishable by schools because it is suppose to be a safe learning environment, and without it being punishable it is impossible for a student to learn when they are receiving text messages or social media updates criticizing how they look, act, or even telling them to kill themselves.

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  • Jonah from Maryland

    I certainly agree that cyberbullying is above all terrible and that the person responsible should be punished for their actions. However, do to my political beliefs I believe it is firmly up to State and the people to allow such things to happen. After all State rights are very important to me and we should not enforce this on a national level by the Federal government but by State governments.

    I mean we all agree this is a problem? However, there are other solutions such as if the child does again or a person first report it to the parents if they do it again I believe the police should get involved however this is up to the States to do such actions that is my opinion.

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    I certainly agree that cyberbullying is above all terrible and that the person responsible should be punished for their actions. However, do to my pol…

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  • Richard from California

    Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969), was a decision by the United States Supreme Court that defined the constitutional rights of students in U.S. public schools. The Tinker test is still used by courts today to determine whether a school’s disciplinary actions violate students’ First Amendment rights. The Tinker test essentially states that a student may exercise their free speech as any adult would as long as the exercise of free speech did not interfere with their or other student’s education. Since bullying interferes with both of these, based on several psychological studies, bullying is not protected free speech and is thus liable for the school to stop in and punish the bullying. If cyberbullying at home interferes with another student so as to cause an educational inconvenience, the bully should be able to be punished by the school.

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  • Sabrina from Alabama

    If “normal” bullying is punishable in schools, then why shouldn’t cyber bullying. Cyber bullying can be just as damaging or have an even worse effect on the victim than doing it in person. As a young high school student, I have attended dozens of anti bullying assemblies. I have learned all about cyber bullying and the key reasons why people love not only to bully, but bully behind an online profile. This lets them hide, to not have to see the heartbreak effect that it has on the victim, to not have to confront what they have done so how is it fair to punish those who say it to your face and not to this who coward behind a screen?

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  • Simone from Maryland

    Yes, absolutely, 100 percent yes.
    Cyberbullying should be punishable by schools because of the relationships made within the school building, and the school being the possible reason for the bullying. In many instances, students build relationships with teachers, coaches, and/or administrators as they attend the school. Speaking from experience, within schools it is not hard to develop relationships with authority figures in school buildings because of things such as tutoring and extracurricular activities. Schools promote and strive to provide safe environments for their students and when they achieve this goal, students open up to their authority figures and that becomes the window of opportunity for the student to receive help. It is hard for some students to open up to their parents for a multitude of reasons, so when they take their hardships to their teachers it would be helpful for the students to get a substantial amount of support. This support would aid in the realization that speaking out about problems you face is worth it because it can spark change. Another reason it is helpful for schools to be able to punish cyberbullies is that they are usually people from the same school as the victim. In the case that the bully and victim are from the same school, it makes it easier to control and prevent in the future. Just like regular bullying, cyberbullying can be mentally and emotionally harmful, and this can cause the victim to physically harm themselves. As social media expands and becomes more accessible to children and teens, the platform for cyberbullies also expands which means that there need to be people to stop it in every aspect of children’s lives.

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    Yes, absolutely, 100 percent yes.
    Cyberbullying should be punishable by schools because of the relationships made within the school building, and the…

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  • Madelyn from Massachusetts

    Bullying is a nationwide epidemic, made easier my the internet which has resulted in cyberbullying. I understand that freedom of speech is the first amendment but there are limitations to that, such as putting others in harm or deliberately trying to hurt someone. As for punishing this behavior in schools, schools have the right to make rules on the matter. Just like how you may be able to wear short shorts out in public, but it may go against the school’s guidelines. I feel that if cyberbullying can be stopped at a young age in school, bullying as a whole won’t necessarily seize, but it’ll definitely not be as prominent/bad. Plus, isn’t cyberbullying just a subgenera of bullying? Schools should be allowed to deal with the matter just like they do with regular bullying.

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    Bullying is a nationwide epidemic, made easier my the internet which has resulted in cyberbullying. I understand that freedom of speech is the first a…

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  • Sydney from Texas

    Cyberbullying seems to be growing into a larger and more prevalent issue as of late. Victims of cyberbullying can develop mental ilnesses and eventually be pushed to committing suicide. I absolutely believe that schools should be held at least partially responsible for the actions of the children in their care. School is where these children interact on a daily basis and develop the hurtful relationships that lead to the cyberbullying. I think the school, along with the bullies parents, and maybe even the authorities (depending on the circumstance) should all be involved in the bully’s punishment.

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    Cyberbullying seems to be growing into a larger and more prevalent issue as of late. Victims of cyberbullying can develop mental ilnesses and eventual…

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  • Victoria from Pennsylvania

    Cyberbullying should be punished by schools and law enforcement. Most times the victim needs to see the bully at school and it is important that the victim feels safe.

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  • Abby from Kansas

    Bullying is not a joke, and there should be a consequence for any type.

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  • Tyler from Missouri

    We all can agree that cyber bullying is horrible. I think it should be punishable by school systems, but only if it is performed by a student against another student. This being said, I do not believe the school should go out of its way to find those who are cyberbullying because that, in my opinion, infringes upon the students rights to social media. I think it should only be acted upon when reported by either the student who is receiving the bullying or his/her parents or guardians.

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    • Danyela from Texas

      Cyberbullying is only a form of bullying. Before there was social media or even phones, students bullied and often faculty did not seek out the cause of the bullying. I believe that soical media only enables bullying to a higher extent. Bullies can be kind to someone in school, but then when they get home they belittle them online. We should not think of it as the students rights to social media and a way to express themselves, because really social media is a home for insecurities. Still though, the strife between students probably starts in the walls of school and only grow from there. Becuase of that it is the school’s problem. I do not believe they should take away social media from the student, but if a student is going to a counselor seeking help then they should be able to pull up posts as evidence and have a sit down to get to the route problem of the situation. I think a good solution might be team building between a group of students who are having issues, but I get that not every student can afford to do that. I just know from expereince what cyberbulying can do to a person and how the lack of consequences does not help with closure or self-esteem.

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  • Jazmine from District Of Columbia

    Cyber bullying affects the victim mentally and can cause them to feel like they don’t deserve to live anymore and that pain was caused by someone who has personal problems that they don’t know how to deal with so they take it out on others. We need schools to take more of an initiative and help protect their students and punish the bullies!

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  • Andrea from California

    Cyberbullying should have the same punishments as bullying on school campuses because it still causes negative effects on those being bullied no matter where they are. On or off campus, those bullying others must take responsibility for their actions.

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    Cyberbullying should have the same punishments as bullying on school campuses because it still causes negative effects on those being bullied no matte…

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  • Haley from Kentucky

    We can all agree that the majority of bullying takes place, or at least starts, at school. From personal experience I know that the attacks are mainly based off of things that have happened at school, and were not handled efficiently by school officials. The bullies think they can get away with it at school, so why not reach a larger audience? If someone is being bullied by a classmate, the school system should step up and make a change. I am so tired of being heartbroken over and over and over again because of suicides fueled by a bully.

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    We can all agree that the majority of bullying takes place, or at least starts, at school. From personal experience I know that the attacks are mainly…

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  • Nahyro from New York

    Cyberbullying should be punishable in schools,because in today’s world, technology is the primary focal point for many real – life problems and issues from fake news, political debates, preferences, etc. however what many don’t seem to realize is that with the rise of technology, comes a new way to harm someone in a more indirect manner, as the person who is inflicting the harm is protected by a computer screen, or by secure lines such as HTTPs and other protocols that help the person to become less likely to be caught. Furthermore technology is becoming a big part in educational practices nowadays, thus students are literally handed tools to harm other students without consequence. Of course the upside to having to computers outweighs the downside however, it’s effects still must be addressed, Cyberbullying should be treated as any other issue that is commonly present in schools, Or in my experience in college, Cyberbullying should be treated just like fighting where students can be suspended or written up for harming another student. I understand Cyberbullying is a hard topic as friends can play and joke with each other but can be mistaken as bullying, however if someone is harming someone else causing distress and pain through the internet, text or any means of technological use, then that issue should be addressed, and addressed anyway so it prevents that situation from happening again

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  • Hannah from Pennsylvania

    I believe that schools should be able to punish students who participate in cyberbullying. The hurt from cyberbullying reflects in person and not just on the internet. All the evidence may reside there, but the victim still experiences the same feelings in person as they do when they go online. Social media should be used to positively connect and interact with people, not hurt them. Kids shouldn’t be taught that it’s okay to treat someone poorly as long as you use the internet to do it.

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    I believe that schools should be able to punish students who participate in cyberbullying. The hurt from cyberbullying reflects in person and not just…

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  • Amirra from Pennsylvania

    Cyberbullying should indeed be punishable, because whether you no the person or not that does not give you the privilege to talk down on that person. There could be so many other positive things that could be done rather than bully someone you may or may not know.

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    Cyberbullying should indeed be punishable, because whether you no the person or not that does not give you the privilege to talk down on that person. …

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  • Malik from North Carolina

    I think the school should step in to punish cyber bullying among students. Cyber bullying may impact a victim’s life. If Cyber bullying is left unpunished than it can lead to something worse. I also think Cyber bullying should be categorized as verbal bullying and not physical bullying. However more actions may need to be taken to prevent cyber bullies from harming other people.

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    I think the school should step in to punish cyber bullying among students. Cyber bullying may impact a victim’s life. If Cyber bullying is left unpuni…

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  • Nuzhat from Rhode Island

    Cyberbullying should be punishable by schools since the education you get in school should not only be according to textbooks and essays but also information that students should use in the real world. Bullying is not acceptable in the workplace enviroment so why should it be deemed acceptable in schools which is what school is preparing us students for. In todays society cyberbullying is just as same as pushing a kid into a locker but with mental pain instead of physical.

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    Cyberbullying should be punishable by schools since the education you get in school should not only be according to textbooks and essays but also info…

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  • Jessica from Massachusetts

    Yes, it should be treated the same way as regular bullying

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  • Emily from Minnesota

    As many have stated cyberbullying has become the most popular form and replaced face-to-face bullying. Schools have every right to get involved when it is between two of its students. Especially when it is happening through school technology. While the first amendment does protect peoples freedom of speech it does not protect speeches that incite violence or dangerous acts. Bullying can put another child’s life on the line when they feel no other way out than suicide. Schools stepping in and helping to stop bullying not only helps the child being bullied but can help the bully as well. Many kids who bully have something else going on in there life that they have no control over. By schools stepping in they can help everyone involved. It doesn’t matter the form bullying is bulling and the more people we have out there preventing and intervening means the less kids that have to suffer from it.

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    As many have stated cyberbullying has become the most popular form and replaced face-to-face bullying. Schools have every right to get involved when i…

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    I think that schools should be able to punish students for cyberbullying. In the past, schools have always stepped in when a student has been bullied on campus, but times are changing. Technology is advancing and now there are many more ways to bully a person. One of those ways is online through social media. Cyberbullying is a major issue in the lives of young people and it’s on the rise, and suicide rates are rising with it. When a student’s mental health or life is being affected schools should still be able to step in and prevent the bully from continuing.

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  • collin from Kentucky

    Yes I think if cyber bullying is happening within the school and their is definitive proof that one person is being discriminated against due to their differences or what ever the reasons they are being bullied, then the person bullying should be punished. Freedom of speech might be legal, but defamation (¨The action of damaging the good reputation of someone; slander or libel.¨) is illegal.

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  • Rachel from Kentucky

    I believe schools should have the right to punish cyberbullying if evidence is brought to attention. Each person can use the internet and social media how they want, therefore the school should not patrol students profiles and what their students do outside of school. However, if an issue is brought to the schools attention about cyberbullying I believe they should take action. School administration is responsible to keep their students safe, therefore if they interfere with a students social media or internet use then it should be for the safety and benefit of the student, with permission from their guardian.

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    I believe schools should have the right to punish cyberbullying if evidence is brought to attention. Each person can use the internet and social media…

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  • Annie from Kentucky

    Yes. Cyberbullying can lead to self harm and other destructive thoughts. It is people hiding behind a computer screen hurting others for their own fun. If it doesn’t get stopped, how bad will the internet be like in the future? and how could it affect our society? I think it should have a punishment because they need to learn from their mistakes before they hurt others and do more damage. This is a huge issue and needs to be stopped as soon as possible.

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    Yes. Cyberbullying can lead to self harm and other destructive thoughts. It is people hiding behind a computer screen hurting others for their own fun…

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  • Tanner from Kentucky

    I think that it should be punishable by schools because it is the responsibility of the school to take care of their students and to keep an eye on their mental and physical states. A kid suffering from extreme cyber bullying could eventually hurt themselves or someone else that belongs to the school. But if the student is being bullied by people that don’t attend the school, the school should still try and help them get through the bullying that they are facing. But I also don’t think that the school should be responsible if a student is getting bullied and the school doesn’t know of it. But if the school does know about it, they should be held responsible for the actions that the victim does if it happens at the school.

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  • Hunter from Kentucky

    I really do feel that it should be punishable by schools. The main thing you have to look at is that these kids that are affected by cyberbullying may be afraid to come to school and if the school doesn’t do anything about it, this bullying may continue. Schools are supposed to help you but sometimes they choose not to, so that they don’t get involved. This is why I feel that cyberbullying should be controlled by schools.

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    I really do feel that it should be punishable by schools. The main thing you have to look at is that these kids that are affected by cyberbullying may…

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  • Liz from Kentucky

    As Doctor Seuss once said, “Be yourself, because the people who mind don’t matter and the people that matter don’t mind.” Unfortunately, in today’s society, I think that particularly young people don’t see the meaning behind these wise words. Dr. Seuss tries to tell people not to be afraid to be yourself, no matter what the situation or circumstance. An effortless, easy way for people to tear others down in through the internet and cyberbullying. Cyber Bullies hide behind a computer screen, minding other business and tearing another person down with most times no remorse for their actions. Cyberbullying allows the person on the other side of the screen to get inside of themselves, eating away at their self-esteem and their confidence. Most of their people are young kids, who only worry about what others think of them, and schools do nothing to protect these kids from harm that may come in the future. So, I answer a resounding yes to this question. I believe that schools should have every right to punish children hiding behind the computer screen, mangling at their peers, sometimes for no final purpose. Through the wise words of Dr. Seuss, I think that he speaks to not only the victims of bullies, but also the cyber bullies themselves. Giving hope to the victims and shame to the bullies.

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  • Brett from Kentucky

    Cyber bullying should be punishable by schools not only because bullying is wrong, but because in this day and age we can be bullied from wherever. It use to be that you could only be bullied at school and therefore could avoid the bully when not home. Now that we have social media and instant messaging it is possible that people can get bullied around the clock. If schools are to step in and take care of this problem then it is possible that the bullying can be cut down and also any repercussions of this bullying. For example suicide rates for bullying may go down due to someone stepping in and standing up for the one being bullied. When people decide to cyber bully they lose their right and must face the consequences of their actions. The schools should want to help people by stepping in and punishing those for the bullying. Think of it this way if the bullying was going on at school would the school step in and take care of it? Just because it isn’t happening on school grounds doesn’t mean that the school isn’t held responsible for the bringing together of the bully and the victim. So the schools should be held responsible for taking care of the consequences of anyone caught cyber bullying.

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  • Melanie from Kentucky

    Yes I think cyberbullying should be punished by schools because some kids don’t have the support systems at home to help them fight the bullies. If the students both attend the same school then the school should definately take action and resolve the problem. Rather than a worried parent confronting the bully, the school reaching out to the parents and the bully would more than likely have a bigger impact. One isn’t always sure that the parent would follow through with punishing their child for bullying, but if it were a law for schools, the punishment would definately be carried out and the child would hopefully change their behavior.

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    Yes I think cyberbullying should be punished by schools because some kids don’t have the support systems at home to help them fight the bullies. If th…

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  • Chris from Kentucky

    Cyberbullying should be punished by schools because it is the same as regular bullying just online. Cyberbullying could also lead to actual bullying in school if not stopped. If schools allowed for cyberbullying to go unpunished, then kids would do it even more due to the realization that they will not be punished for their actions. So in order to prohibit cyberbullying, schools should have every right to punish their students for the offense.

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    Cyberbullying should be punished by schools because it is the same as regular bullying just online. Cyberbullying could also lead to actual bullying i…

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  • Josh from Kentucky

    When looking at bullying as a whole, schools have never really been able to fight it. Bullying has been around for as long as people have looked down on those who are different (i.e slavery, christianity, etc.) but this new wave of social media has really brought an sort of unfightable battle in that a person can set up a new account under a fictitious name and be nearly untraceable. Now, with that being said, schools need to find newer and smarter ways to attack the ways that people bully, whether it be closely monitoring all internet access while on school grounds or while using school equipment or even setting up accounts to find out who these people are that are bullying. If a case becomes serious enough schools should even consider bringing in outside consultation to track down those who are doing these things and punish them in a way that is fair to the acts they committed.

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    When looking at bullying as a whole, schools have never really been able to fight it. Bullying has been around for as long as people have looked down …

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  • Lizzy from Kentucky

    Yes, Cyberbullying should be punishable by schools. Even though the bullying may not be happening on school grounds, it is still present with the students attending that school. Bullying is something that should not be tolerated, and I believe that any kind of bullying should be stopped, no matter where it may be happening.

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    Yes, Cyberbullying should be punishable by schools. Even though the bullying may not be happening on school grounds, it is still present with the stud…

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  • Grant from Texas

    It appears that the cyberbullying debate exists because cyberspace is not a physical place. When old-school bullying takes place at school, it is the job of the school to take care of the situation. When it takes place elsewhere, it is up to the parents (or based on the severity, higher authorities). Since cyberbullying can take place anywhere, it is hazy to see who should be in charge of enforcing punishment. This is why cyberbullying should only be punishable by schools if there is reasonable evidence that it has been impacting the student’s ability to learn and/or that cyberbullying has occurred on school property. In this way, schools can determine responsibility for punishment because the bullying has taken place at/impacted the school and its environment. If there is not sufficient evidence of what was previously stated, it is safe to assume that cyberbullying has taken place off campus and therefore has no impact on the school so the punishment needs to be directed to the proper authorities (not the school). That is the only way to find clarity of the hazy line created by a non-physical space impacting the physical world.

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  • Phoenix from New York

    Because students now a days don’t care how they do, they want to strike that certain person with every bad thing they want to say about them and have everyone see them humiliated.

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  • Emily from Kansas

    Yes, because cyberbullying takes place within the high school age group. Cyberbullying happens to more younger people than actual adults, because adults tend to stop caring about what others think of them and they’ll most likely brush off those people and probably block them on social media. It’s all about maturity. I think high school curriculum should mandate a philosophy or psychology class so students can think outside the box and become more compassionate and understanding towards others.

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    Yes, because cyberbullying takes place within the high school age group. Cyberbullying happens to more younger people than actual adults, because adul…

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  • Terriane from Missouri

    I believe that cyber bullying should be punishable by schools because then it’ll maybe teach those students why they shouldn’t say or do hurtful things to others without suffering consequences. Many times when a student is bullied by another student, other students decide to join in ass well, and that makes it worse for the student being bullied, or the victim. When people are being bullied they can become angry, depressed, or suicidal. These horrible feelings can lead to that student killing themselves, or killing other students in a school shooting or even bombing. If the school gets involved, it can maybe help that student feel safe at school and feel like they have someone who has the authority to do something and can actually help them. Punishing the bully can let them know its wrong and give them an idea of the workforce or the real world. If you harass your coworker, you can get demoted or even fired. Or you could be trying to get a job at a workforce and they look at your social media and see what you’ve done, and decide not to give you the job. Also, if you harass someone, then they can get a restraining order against you and that can go on your public record. Many other lessons could be learned if that student is punished, and if they get a punishment from their school, then they can learn them and know that bullying is not ok, in any form.

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  • Evan from Indiana

    Bullying comes in several forms. Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that is becoming more common unfortunately, especially in the younger generation. The internet is more widely used in schools, the workplace, at home, ect. With the internet being so important to society, cyberbullying can create a major struggle for kids. Social media serves as a platform for people to connect and interact with their friends, along with the rest of the world. A cyberbully interferes with the purpose of the internet and can affect the mental and emotional health of a student. If schools do not address the issue, often times the bully feels they are invincible and will face no consequences. This results in even more bullying, possibly of multiple students. Although cyberbullying seems as if it would be easy to avoid, that is not always the case. Students spend a large amount of time on the internet for school and leisure, therefore simply telling a child to “stay off of the internet” is unreasonable. Cyberbullying is an easier way for bullies to attack a victim because there are often no consequences and they can hide their fear behind their keyboard. If the school system simply ignores this issue, cyberbullies will continue to harass victims and affect the way students use the internet.

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  • Jake from New Hampshire

    Cyberbullying should be treated the same as any other type of bullying. If a student is being bullied by a peer outside of school, the administration has the right to intervene. The same should extend to bullying that happens in an online environment.

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  • Paulina from Maryland

    Cyberbullying is a serious issue. There are many students from all over the world that are dealing with this. If schools participate in fair punishment for such online bullies this can help prevent suicide rates due to cyberbullying. Some parents are unaware of what their children are doing online, anti-bullying programs can help bring awareness to those parents so that they can supervise what their children do online. If schools and parents are more involved with this issue many young lives wouldn’t be lost due to cyberbullying.

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  • Salina from Massachusetts

    I completely agree. Although our constitution allows the freedom of speech, it is important not to ignore the fact that there are such things as unwritten rules. With that being said, hurting people over the internet should be something that people know not to do.

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  • Gabriela from Alabama

    Definitely! If kids are being bullied outside of school it will still affect them in school. Schools just want to create the best learning environment for their students.

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  • Youki from Oregon

    Cyber bullying, to be punished in schools, should first and foremost be clearly defined. This will allow children to understand what they can get in trouble for. Secondly, it is clear that this is something important that children should learn. Whether one should be on Social Media early in their lives or not is surely something many parents will decide, however the schools can intervene and make sure that children understand that there are reprocussions for your actions, even on the web. In school it may be that you get suspended, but later in life it could mean losing your job. Proper internet and social media use is something important to be taught in this day and age, and the ability to punish Cyber Bullies is absolutely something that schools should be able to do to help with this topic.

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    Cyber bullying, to be punished in schools, should first and foremost be clearly defined. This will allow children to understand what they can get in t…

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  • Madelyn from Texas

    I understand that many people think that schools should not have any play in cyberbullying that occurs off school grounds, but I feel that if the bullying is affecting a students mental state and affecting their ability to learn, focus, and succeed, then the school should be allowed to step in. In many cases of cyberbullying, the parents may not even know that it is occurring, but some schools allow students to use and take home laptops for school work, and if the bullying is happening on the device that the school provides the student, then I think that the school should definitely be able to punish the student in some way.

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    I understand that many people think that schools should not have any play in cyberbullying that occurs off school grounds, but I feel that if the bull…

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  • Daniel from New Mexico

    Have you ever seen cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is a growing topic with all of the technology and social media coming out these days. In some cases people will describe it being worse than physical or verbal bullying. Because it does not just get heard from you and the few people around you. It is heard from everybody on the internet. It is something that can be spread like wildfire. It really can ruin someones life. It should be punished by school authorities.

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  • Sierra from Pennsylvania

    Cyberbullying, many people believe that it happens outside of school and that parents should adress the situation. How are parents going to address a situation that occurs during school hours? Many people do not realize that cyberbullying escalates during school hours. A lot of school have band the use of cellphones during class, but kids are smart they know when to use their cellphones. Kids also understand how to crack security codes placed on thier school laptops and cellphones to access Instagram or Facebook. They also can use apps like Snapchat or Airdrop, which are good in nature,but allow cyberbulling to occur with in seconds. Cyberbullying is a never ending cycle because technology is always progressing. School’s need to understand that just because rules exist most kids are not going to follow them so, the school need to be protecting thier students from kids who take advantage of school polices.

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  • Tepre from Maryland

    cyber bullying should be a huge concern to school due to the fact that there are several students who get bullied in school based on their looks and style or because they dont fit in a certain group and no one should have to feel unapproved, invisible or, uncomfortable because students are bringing them down. Most problems are caused by cyber bullying which some students even get revenge for end up harming they selves , and instead of the student suffering the school should step in and create consequences for the bully that way the person getting bullied will not do anything to cause them or anyone else any harm.

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  • natalia from Georgia

    i believe all types of bullying is very serious and should be handled by the school and the parent. No child should ever have to feel unsafe in there every day place which include home school ect.

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  • DeJah-Renee from Maryland

    Yes, school system should be creating and passing laws to punish students who participate in cyber bullying. However, parents share that joint responsibility with the faculty and staff of the schools to ensure the safety and well being of the students. The parents play a vital role in giving their children positive morals and making sure they don’t go outside their home and harm others with their words or actions. We could get those students help if their parents have given them the seeds to being a good human and they’ve wasted them. Bullying has evolved from being a physical problem, to being a psycological problem. The bullies are getting into the minds of their victims and trying to tear them apart from the inside out. Words have power if you give them the opportunity to, but theses days, it seems as though the smarter the kids, the sharper their tongues, and the devastating the damage is. No, the school systems cannot control what students say or do all of the time, especially outside off of the schoool’s property. However, they are taking actions to subdue and lessen the amount of incidents, help the victims, and appropriately punish the bullies.

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  • Torianna from Minnesota

    In January of 2015, forty- nine states (except for Montana) enacted bullying prevention laws. These laws require schools to have policies to deal with bullying. Almost all of these laws refer to electronic forms of harassment, specifically cyberbullying. However, the debate over whether or not schools should punish students involved with cyberbullying while off campus still stands. In the United States, 34 out of 50 states have laws against cyberbullying. States have criminalized bullying because it already falls under existing criminal legislation. Since states have criminalized cyberbullying schools should punish students involved with cyberbullying even if they were not on school grounds at the time. If adolescents are not punished for something as severe as this then they will believe that it is acceptable. Therefore, they will go into adulthood believing that harassment, stalking, felonious assault, certain acts of hate or bias, libel, defamation of character, intentional infliction of emotional distress is also acceptable to society when in our society it is considered breaking the law and acts of injustice. and that is not okay. For that reason, schools should be able to punish a student no matter where they stand because they are still committing a crime that society finds to be punishable, and which they would find themselves being punished for in society today. So, yes, schools should punish students whether they are in the schools or in the privacy of their own home they should be punished for cyberbullying. If schools don’t punish students they aren’t teaching them to be better people for our future.

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  • Denise from Virginia

    If schools are aware of a student being cyber-bullied, then they should do something about it. Cyber-bullying increases because the bully thinks that they can get away with it, because it’s not always happening during school hours, and the school doesn’t have an actual control over the internet. However, if schools can punish those who cyber-bully, then it would decrease. Some students take more seriously being punished at school than being punished at home. Therefore, if schools are able to give the same punishments that they give to any other misconduct at school, then any time of bullying will decrease.

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    If schools are aware of a student being cyber-bullied, then they should do something about it. Cyber-bullying increases because the bully thinks that …

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  • Zoe from Pennsylvania

    My little brother is nine years old and I’ve seen the detrimental effects that cyber bullying can have on a child’s emotional and social well being. If the school can assist in the situation, whether it be by letting the parent’s know or some form of academic punishment, there should be consequences. Children, especially, need to learn that their choices matter. Whether in person or behind a screen, cyber bullying is wrong, and schools should do everything they can to help make a conducive learning environment for all students.

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    My little brother is nine years old and I’ve seen the detrimental effects that cyber bullying can have on a child’s emotional and social well being. I…

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  • Zharia from Louisiana

    Cyberbullying should be punishable by schools the same any other bullying is punishable. If you punish your students for bullying other students, then cyberbullying shouldn’t be treated any differently. It is only another form of harassment. I feel that if cyberbullying isn’t punishable then students might get the thought that it’s okay, and I think we can all agree that bullying in any form is not okay.

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    Cyberbullying should be punishable by schools the same any other bullying is punishable. If you punish your students for bullying other students, then…

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  • Annamaria from Pennsylvania

    I think that any type of bullying should be prohibited and punishable at schools. Bullying is absolutely incorrect and should be stopped. If kids can’t learn on their own, then they must be disciplined.

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    I think that any type of bullying should be prohibited and punishable at schools. Bullying is absolutely incorrect and should be stopped. If kids can’…

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  • Daniela from Texas

    Cyberbullying should be punishable by schools due to the fact that it can have horrible repercussions. This not only lowers children self-esteem, but leads them to negative thoughts, including suicidal and harmful thoughts.

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    Cyberbullying should be punishable by schools due to the fact that it can have horrible repercussions. This not only lowers children self-esteem, but …

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  • madigan from South Carolina

    If students being cyber bullied can not tell school administrators who else can they tell that will be able to take care of the situation (police isn’t an option) BEFORE it becomes something that can lead to health problems. Parent to Parent communication can lead to more problems and parents are not at school to resolve problem of they arise during the school day. Students may also not want to tell parents and feel safer telling a close adult at school. 77% of bullying nowadays are online anyways! This is still a form of bullying so why treat it differently then regular bullying? Yes, this can take place outside of school but the job of administrators is to make sure that their students feel safe and if students are being bullied especially online they should solve that problem.

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    If students being cyber bullied can not tell school administrators who else can they tell that will be able to take care of the situation (police isn’…

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  • Kendall from Ohio

    Today the internet has taken over the lives of students, everything we do requires us to use a screen. While this has advanced technology, it has also been one of our biggest setbacks. Instead of talking to others face to face we choose to hide behind a screen. This has caused more students to bully each other online because it gives them a new sense of power. Schools should take cyber bullying very seriously. Just like any other form of bullying it causes those being attacked to feel hurt and insecure. In order to enforce a “no bullying” policy in school, means that a school should tolerate no form of bullying including cyber bullying. The only true way to get this type of behavior to stop would be to have students face the consequences of bullying.

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  • Rashaun from New Jersey

    If schools have strict policies against cyber bullying and are sure to relay that message to incoming students upon their arrival it will allow students the opportunity to think twice before they post anything. In these times it is so easy to turn on a screen and vent. This may not always be a good thing. I find that when anger strikes me, the best thing to do is take a moment before I react. More often than not I find that because I took a moment I no longer have the rage to say or do the first thing that came to mind upon the peak of my anger. Having a moment to think before you act works for almost everything angry or not. I believe with stricter policies in place students will have no choice but to think before they act out online.

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  • Alex from Ohio

    While some may say that punishing cyberbullying infringes on free speech, I disagree. Just as you aren’t allowed to yell “Fire” In a crowded building, people shouldn’t be allowed to hide behind their computer and barrage someone 24 hours a day until they kill themselves! You may say that not every case of cyberbullying leads to someone killing themselves, what about all the unseen damage? What about the scars that the child will bear for lives from cutting themselves? Or the destruction of self-confidence and self-worth? Years ago even if a child was bullied they would come home, cry to their parents, maybe they would eventually switch schools if it became a daily occurrence. Nowadays if someone is determined to be a bully there is no escape. Facebook and other forms of social media have been great communication platforms, but there’s always a dark side. Not only have certain standards become warped and unrealistic, but now any insecure kid can say terrible, racist, misogynistic, hateful things behind their computer screen anonymously. Now there does come a point where you have to become an adult and ignore some things, most likely during college, however high school students are already dealing with enough as they navigate school and puberty. The last thing they need is a bully sitting behind a computer making not only their school life but also their entire waking hours a living hell.

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  • Kade from California

    With large social media websites becoming the gathering place for millions o teenagers and children, it is not uncommon to see cyber-bullying taking place. If schools wanted to take action of traditional bullying, there should be no reason as to why they shouldn’t do the same with cyber-bullying

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  • Jamie from Texas

    Cyberbullying is equivalent to personal bullying in this generation. Kids enrolled in school districts right now have more access to technology than other kids did ten years ago. If cyberbullying is happening on school grounds with school technology during school times, there is no reason the action should not be punished by the school district. However, the controversy appears when cyberbullying between students happens off school grounds. If this bullying is happening between two students who are both enrolled in the school system, there is no reason why they should not be punished by the school district, after receiving confirmation by the parents. Kids are in school around roughly eight hours a day for five days a week. Theroticly, there is no way the bullying, no matter what time, did not start on school grounds. The cyberbully is simply the continuation of bullying off school grounds.

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  • Ethan from California

    Bullying at schools already not tolerable for kids. So why can’t the same be said for cyber-bullying?

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  • Kaitlyn from Florida

    Cyber bullying can sometimes be the result of two children from the same school. This makes the problem just as easy as a verbal bullying incident. This is easily fixable as long as the schools actually out some thought into helping children that need their help.

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  • Rayvan from Alaska

    The arising issue of bullying has become more and more prevalent as the world and the social issues in society evolve. Cyber-bullying, in many ways, is far more dangerous and emotionally damaging than the normal from of bullying that takes place in schools. For instance, everything said and posted on the internet is not easily removed or changed. This means that these offensive and condescending posts and comments are forever there for the the people being victimized to go back to time and time again. And that is the unfortunate part. Those who are being victimized most often will always be checking what is being said about them or to them on social media. With this comes an added situation. Oftentimes, the person being victimized are forced to face their online perpetrators in a school setting. With this, on top of being bullied online, they are also verbally, emotionally, and even physically bullied when they go to school. In some cases, the events of cyber-bullying are kept secret from the school, which causes the victimized to face it alone. Considering these situations, it is important to say that schools should be fully aware of the bullying that takes place online and intervene to help resolve the situation. This resolution could help reduce the rates of teen suicide, and save many lives.

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  • Masrurah from New York

    Cyber bullying is the same as bullying in person except you are using technology to bully someone. Bullying is bullying and in what way and or how you do it, its still bullying and you cannot change that. It should be 100% punishable.

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    Cyber bullying is the same as bullying in person except you are using technology to bully someone. Bullying is bullying and in what way and or how you…

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  • Charles from Pennsylvania

    If it takes place on the Schools Campus, yes. If it takes place during school hours, yes. If not, no, but it should be punishable by law

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  • Sahara from Indiana

    The argument that Cyber-bullying does not take place on school grounds therefore it is not the schools issue is understandable, but is outdated. If due to being harassed and bullied online, a student decides to take their life, does it not involve the school simply because they ended their life at home and not at school? No, it is still connected to the school due to the students presence their and the legacy that they left. Therefore, Cyber-bullying should be punishable by the school because no teacher, principle, or Administrator wants to have to come before the school and give a eulogy on one of their own students. This is possible, simply by “Nipping it[cyberbullying] in the bud.”

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    The argument that Cyber-bullying does not take place on school grounds therefore it is not the schools issue is understandable, but is outdated. If du…

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  • Mitali from Massachusetts

    When schools leave students vulnerable to cyberbullying by not imposing any punishments on the bully, they leave the victim to fend for themselves. This can cause the victim to fall into harm’s way once more, and turn the cyberbullying into something dangerous. Words can turn into weapons very quickly if schools do not want their students being injured by weapons, then why should they let them be injured by words when it hurts the likewise.

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  • Kristin from Georgia

    Students should have consequences for participating in cyberbullying. In most cases cyberbullying victims know their aggressors from school where the ridicule begins. In other cases information or videos go viral that leads to outsiders contributions. It is also difficult to hold students accountable at the school level if they are not held accountable at home. It should be a joint effort between parents and the school to nip cyberbullying in the bud. That would assume that all parents teach tolerance and respectful behaviors to their children. There is a third part to all of this. Students need to feel comfortable coming forward with information pertaining to cyberbullying whether they are the victim or just a bystander. This is bigger than schools. This is about teaching children to be decent human beings to one another.

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  • Blake from Arkansas

    Cyber bullying can affect a kid mentally while being at school, it can affect the way they learn and interact with others. A kid that is constantly bullied could develop mental issues.

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    Cyber bullying can affect a kid mentally while being at school, it can affect the way they learn and interact with others. A kid that is constantly bu…

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  • Elizabeth from Oregon

    I believe that the schools should be aware of Cyberbullying if it takes place on their campus or if it is a huge problem between their students. In any case, schools can only do so much and the use of electronic devices these days would make it too hard for them to keep an eye on everyone. Cyberbullying is a horrid thing and schools should try their best to stop it but there’s only so much they can do.

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    I believe that the schools should be aware of Cyberbullying if it takes place on their campus or if it is a huge problem between their students. In an…

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  • Kaliah from Georgia

    Cyberbullying essentially starts at school. We are in an age of technology where everyone is using some form of technology, and it is being used everywhere. One of the most popular settings for technology is within the school itself. Cyberbullying school be punished by the school. At the end of the day it is still bullying. It is still affecting the child in the same way physical bullying would, if not worst. Anyone and everyone can see it. The person who is being bullied is being brought down verbally and mentally for the pleasure of someone else’s. Their learning is being disturbed. And the worst thing of all is that this could be happening within the classroom, lunch room, and hallways. So yes cyberbullying should be punishable by the school.

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  • Lieta from Oregon

    Bullying-or malicous behavoir towards another student is already punishable within schools. While students are at school it is the responsiblity of the school to provide a safe learning environment for the students. This can aslo be extended to the bus. Any cruelity done on campus by a student should be displined. However, once a student is at home and school hours are over the protection of the student lies with legal gaurdians- not the school ( the excpetion being in cases of in home abuse-please see mandatory reporters).
    There is also the matter of capablity. While a school might be able to prevent malicous eletronic use while the students are on campus. (Such as disallowing nonrelated internet use and picture taking without consent.) A school does not have resources to monitor every student’s online life. And doing so would be extensive invasion of privacy.
    In conlsuion, while the students are on campus steps should be taken to prevent all forms of bullying and displine incidents, but once at home the students and their families will be on their own to prevent cruelity online.
    Now weather cyberbullying should be considered a crime and therefore punishble by law such as assult….

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  • Adira from South Carolina

    Generally schools have core values that they expect their students to follow. Core values are in place because the students within the school affect the schools reputation. A student’s actions outside of school are a reflection of the school regardless of if they are god or bad. Cyberbullying should be punishable by schools for the well being of the school and the victims.

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  • DeMarcus from Indiana

    Cyberbullying is just a new formation of intimation and exclusion in schools. For years there have been the “cool kids” or the “weird kids” etc; now that we are in a age of technology adults can actually see what kids have to endure. Schools should be able to punish students that cyberbully whether during school hours or not. If kids are caught passing or taping fights can be suspended or if students are caught passing “sexting or sexy” of other students during school hours or not can also be punished, cyberbullying should not be exempt. Students are taking their lives and it can potentially be prevented if the bullies are held accountable. Getting suspended or expelled can affect ones future and I believe make some of the bullies take pause and see that bullying (usually for entertainment) is not worth it. Honestly, it could be something as simple as working a project about bullying and presenting to their peers and family for the first offense then harsher penalties if it persists.

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  • Makenzie from New Jersey

    Cyberbullying affects the student and how he/she performs in the classroom. If a child is being bullied, they aren’t going to act the same. Especially with technology being so powerful right now.

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  • Hailee from Illinois

    Coming from a girl who’s in high school now, yes it should be punishable by schools. Cyber bullying doesn’t start on the phone, it begins as normal bullying within the school and then builds up little by little until the bully decides to take it to the internet. Honestly most of the cyber bullying done by kids are performed during the school day inside the building. That is something that should 100% be punishable by schools

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    Coming from a girl who’s in high school now, yes it should be punishable by schools. Cyber bullying doesn’t start on the phone, it begins as normal bu…

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  • Konnor from North Carolina

    Bullying in general should be punished. In American society, the use of violence, verbal or physical, to elevate oneself over another or others has been recorded on a number of occasions on larger scales than just bullying in schools. So as a preventative measure to maintain the integrity of social harmony in the next generation of Americans, which failing to do so can result in increased societal issues, especially today’s digital age, punishment of cyberbullying should be carried out to the fullest extent in order for schools to set a new precedent for tolerance, or in this case a lack of.

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    Bullying in general should be punished. In American society, the use of violence, verbal or physical, to elevate oneself over another or others has be…

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  • Kayla from North Carolina

    Cyberbullying has become a national issue that is quite prevalent in schools across America. It is the “modern version” of bullying. But, unlike physical violence or harsh words, cyberbullying follows children home. Children face bullies at school and when they are home on the internet; there is no escape from it. It is unrealistic to think that a child would simply restrain from Internet use, because in today’s society everyone participates in social media. The Internet is an easy vehicle for bullying that some may not even realize how what they say hurts others. Things posted online affect real people. Schools, along with state or federal legislature, should implement policies that punish cyberbullies. Schools should be able to act on offenses that occur on school campuses or using school devices. But personal laptops outside of school are not under a school’s authority. Legislature passed by the government, though, can work to monitor, stop and punish cyberbullies.

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  • Gillian from New Jersey

    It is clear that cyberbullying is a huge epidemic and should b taken seriously. Schools should most certainly be maintain control and take responsibility for cyberbullying. I say this only because when the bullying start to affect the classroom and the students ability to learn it then becomes the schools problem. If students bring their outside problems involved with cyberbullying inside of the school as to where other students now know about it and it then involves other students it should be the concern of the school. As said if it offers the way a classroom and school are then run cyberbullying most certainly should be punishable by the school.

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  • Mumina from Tennessee

    No matter what type of bullying, whether it be verbal, physical, cyber, it’s still bullying and therefore prone to cause damage. Even though many might argue that cyberbullying happens outside of school so, therefore, isn’t the school’s responsibility, cyberbullying affects classroom engagement and focus, which then affects the school and classroom’s learning environment. Knowing this, schools should have some sort of punishment to inhibit things like cyberbullying from happening not only because it’ll make the school a better and safer place but also because it’s the right thing to do.

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  • Malak from Texas

    Cyberbullying typically occurs amongst peers that go to the same school, and typically tends to gain popularity online, just as physical bullying. Therefore any type of bullying must be punished, regardless of the platform the bullying is occurring.

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  • Grace from Kansas

    I have personally seen the effects of Cyberbullying. Kids at this age have a job. That job is to go to school, get good grades, apply for colleges etc.. High Schoolers are just trying to get through these years and as tough as they are kids don’t deserve to come home and be beaten down by kids behind screens. The schools also have a job, they need to provide an environment where kids can learn. No kid can learn if they are being harassed by their peers. Schools need to make sure that their students are taken care of so they can succeed. The movie cyberbully is a movie that really shows what can happen. School should help their students. Stop and Try to prevent Cyberbullying

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  • Reagan from South Carolina

    Although it is easy to say if it doesn’t happen at school, then it isn’t a school issue. However, if a student is being victimized by another student, it is unlikely that it is the first incident of bullying. It may just be the first one that is able to be proved. Most schools have a behavior code. Bullying, wherever and on whatever platform, breaks that code of conduct.

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  • Dylan from Texas

    I believe that schools should be able to take actions. Cyber bullying is the same as bullying but is worse; things that are said are can be very hurtful. The Cyber Bullies hide behind computer screen and do not care how the victims feel. This sometimes spills in the school’s and affects the learning environment. School needs to be a place to feel safe, and get a education.

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    I believe that schools should be able to take actions. Cyber bullying is the same as bullying but is worse; things that are said are can be very hurtf…

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  • Lily from Illinois

    Yes, cyber bullying affects the classroom and the mental health of the students it should be punished

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  • Emily from Texas

    Traditional bullying has begun to shift to bullying through the Internet, and thus cyberbullying has arguably become the most popular use of harassment. Many do this because they believe it is not as ‘bad’ as bullying in person since no physical harm is done; or because they feel the Internet ‘protects’ them from being exposed and can avoid the consequences, therefore feeling more empowered. Majority of the bullying is done in school, so some students cyberbully their classmates in order to continue their behavior without notice from their teachers (or any adults). I believe if the students involved in the same learning institution, the school has the right to reprimand the bully(ies) regardless whether the act is done within or outside school boundaries, with concrete evidence. Although I also believe the staff should tell the parents and warn the bully once before any action is done. If the cyberbullying continues, then they can punish the behavior the same manner they would if the bullying was done in the school.

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  • Aidan from Connecticut

    Cyberbullying affects the self esteem and confidence of young students. This can affect their academic performance and bullying of any kind should not be tolerated.

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  • Julia from New Jersey

    It’s just like any other type of bullying, except there is the disadvantage of the victim because of the anonymous users of the Internet. How are they to always know who’s picking on them. Which in turn can lead to horrible results.

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  • Lucas from Nebraska

    I think that cyberbullying is one of the biggest problems in America today. I understand that many people will think that if it does not happen within the school then the school shouldn’t worry about it. But nowadays many schools will give out laptops or tablets to the kids which is where a lot of this bullying will happen. I believe that if it happens on something like that then it is still considered on school property and can be dealt with my the school. But also I feel that if the school truly feels they can make a positive impact on what is happening with the students then I think they should be allowed to do so.

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  • Krystalyn from New York

    Everyone, even if they are not involved, is apart of the crime because they do not stop it.

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  • Steven from Maryland

    Cyberbullying is the total harm of a human being. The idea of bullying remaining in school becomes a myth as within the internet, the bullying continues. It should be punishable because everyone should be held accountable for all the actions they commit whether it be big or small.

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  • Deion from California

    Cyberbullying is still bullying. Even if it isn’t done in person, someone is still getting hurt. Schools should always be conscious of whats happening to the students. Bullying mostly happens from school. Schools should punish cyberbullies because it still affects the victims of it. Students should be given a wide range of support when it comes to dealing with bullies. Aside from the victims own parents, it would be nice to have an entire school help out and deal with the situation by punishing cyberbullies.

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  • coreeta from Georgia

    I believe that cyber bullying should be a punishment because know one can talk about anyone because everyone are going things and life not just that person. Also everyone have feeling and shouldn’t know one want to hurt anyone feel because it is not right . When you become grown what if you have to work with people that you have to work for how would you feel if they do it to you when you all get older you should treat people how you want to be treated because you never know when you may see these people again and sometime before you pass away you have to ask these people that you bully forgiveness. It should be very unacceptable and school because that would keep a lot of these kids from killing there self because they feel that they are not getting heard . It also would keep the kids that want to learn safe and they can there education without any distractions .

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  • Reagan from Illinois

    Though Cyberbullying may happen everywhere and may even be impossible to completely stop, schools should try their absolute hardest to stop it. If Cyberbullying is punishable by the school it would significantly decrease the amount of hate; it would be a way for the ones running the school to show that they are on the victim’s side and that they care what happens to their students.

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    Though Cyberbullying may happen everywhere and may even be impossible to completely stop, schools should try their absolute hardest to stop it. If Cyb…

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  • Alice from California

    Cyberbullying is a tough problem to tackle, though it definitely is severe enough that we should do almost anything to prevent it. Remember Amanda Todd? Remember what happened with her case of cyberbullying? She was a naive adolescent that was manipulated into exposing herself online, which resulted in her being cyberbullied, which then led to physical and verbal bullying offline. Even though she was initially bullied online, away from school, the act of cyberbullying eventually spread to the schools she attended, and resulted in offline bullying, causing her suicide. There are a numerous of victims just like this poor girl that you don’t hear about, and especially as people become more dependent on technology, these cases will not stop appearing, so it is crucial that we take action now to try to stop these cases from happening in the future.

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  • Jaime from Ohio

    Cyberbullying is such a prominent issue in today’s society, due to social media. Today all teens and kids do is join social media programs such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Schools should punish cyberbullying because it gives their students a negative image, as well as making an uncomfortable atmosphere for students to be in.

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  • Megan from North Carolina

    If the cyberbullying is by a student at that school, the school should have the right to punish that student. It states in the school handbook that if any form of bullying occurs, then the school will do everything they can to take care of the issue. Of course, there are issues such as parents wanting to deal with it themselves, but what if the child goes to the parent and they do nothing about it. Do they just sit back and take the bullying?

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  • Anthony from Illinois

    Cyberbullying needs to stop

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  • Hanna from Georgia

    Cyberbullying should definitely be punishable by schools. A school should keep it’s students from any form of harm whether emotional, physical, online or in-person.. I believe this is so, because without students to teach, a school does not have a purpose. And in order for a student to learn, they must feel safe. Furthermore, the stricter the punishment against cyberbullying, the less students are likely to do it. If there aren’t any deterrents put in place, then they do not have any reason to stop cyberbullying or not to start in the first place.

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  • Kelly from Maryland

    Cyberbullying is a major problem that affects people all over the globe, including students. If a student is being bullied by another student online the school should definitely intervene. If in-person bullying is punishable by schools, so should cyberbullying as it is the same thing but online. Students should not be taunted by their peers regardless, and schools not intervening in these cases supports a culture of bullies being able to hurt their victims without getting reprimanded. These victims will continue to suffer at the hands of their bullies and sometimes the consequences can be fatal.

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  • Dominique from North Carolina

    Cyberbullying should be punished the same as regular bullying, and schools should have the right to fairly punish the bully without being reprimanded.

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    • Kayla from Washington

      If a student is cyber bullying online, the school should have the power to punish said student provided there is clear, indisputable evidence of the student doing so. Prior to any disciplinary action, schools should be required to do a thorough investigation of the incident to ensure the accused student actually committed a bullying or flaming offense. If they can’t find anything definite, they shouldn’t be able to act against the student.

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    • Hannah from Pennsylvania

      I believe that if there are issues going on between two or more students who attent the same school, the school should be able to do something about it. The effects of bullying don’t just show online. The evidence resides there, but the victim’s suffering will still show in school. Seeing the person face to face is just a reminder of the things they see online. With that being said, the student is still being bullied within the school. Kids shouldn’t be made feel that it’s okay to treat someone poorly and negatively as long as its being done behind technology. Social media should be used to connect and positively interact with people, not hurt them.

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    • Isabelle from Maryland

      As the media grows and advances cyberbullying is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. It contributes to the number of suicides and depression in teens. By having the school punish the bully for their crime, it will help decrease the urge to want to victimize someone. Another point is that the parents might not punish their child for bullying someone else and this will give other students more power to do it without fear of consequences. If the school is involved in these problems, it will significantly reduce the numbers of bullies and make people feel safer.

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    • James from Kentucky

      Cyberbullying is a big issue, and at this point in time if something is not brought the the attention of a larger force nothing will change. School systems need to step in and fight for students within their school. The school system may not be fully responsible for the kid, but they should take care of it. I get there is freedom of speech but someone should not use their freedom for bullying someone else. In order for something to take place, I do think that Schools should take this into their own hands.

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    • Josie from Kentucky

      Cyberbullying should be punished the same as regular bullying. In today’s society, more and more students are leaning towards technology as a form of communication. They feel as if this is a place they can freely express themselves. The words said on social media can impact a student’s life immensely. Cyberbullying has increased the percentage of suicide by making it easy to say anything to anyone about anything without any repercussions. These students spend five days out of the week for most part of their years in school and the school should be in charge of their well-being at the time. If the school staff are to hear of an incident of cyberbullying, they should be able to step in and reprimand the bully in order to keep the victim safe. Social media has taken over student’s lives and schools need to learn that words on the internet lead into their daily lives which can negatively affect the victims of bullying. The schools need to step up and end the cycle.

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    • Malia from Kentucky

      I believe that schools have every right to interfere in a cyberbullying case and have every right to punish the student. Most cyberbullying happens during the teenage years between middle school and high school. This time during adolescence is one of the most delicate and impressionable stages as it is a crucial period during which teens and adolescents learn to love themselves and discover who they are. Self esteem drops dramatically during these years leaving many teens extremely sensitive and vulnerable to criticism. Schools are meant to provide a safe and productive environment to nourish a student’s intellect and prepare them to study in college. Students who cyberbully others counteract this purpose and should be punished. The school has a right to intervene especially if the students involved are all enrolled in the school. The school can be responsible for the relationship between the students and if there is cyberbullying going on outside of school, there has most likely been other incidents of bullying at school.

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      I believe that schools have every right to interfere in a cyberbullying case and have every right to punish the student. Most cyberbullying happens du…

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    • Taniiya from California

      People should be punished for cyber bullying because a lot of kids have committed suicide for bullying in general, and to make matters worse cyber bullying is a huge epidemic that can humiliate people and hurt their souls and make them want to die and remember these students or people can actually help our community so why hurt them when they could be helping our kids, what if it was them that helped your kid through a fire you would regret bullying them later on. So yes cyber bullying should be punished by more than just suspensions because suspensions are nothing to kids but by hindering them from graduating if this was to happen cyber bullying or bullying of any kind shall be demolished, and that will help kids become united.

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    • Abby from Tennessee

      Thanks to men like Steve Jobs, students may have a device to go onto social media platforms to express opinions and ideas. Sadly, there are students who misuse this privilege. From matters such as hateful comments to concerning matters such as threats. Even the best parent cannot continually know whether or not their child is posting inappropriate/spiteful things on these platforms. With proper training teachers can monitor and keep a lookout for such things. We are blessed to live in a country where the first amendment gives us the freedom of speech, however, in this case that very freedom has been abused. What can be fairly and legally done to solve this problem? By adding a strike system a school can benefit from a calmer, safer environment. The strike system would include a 1st strike- Warning + Parent Meeting. 2nd strike- Parent Meeting + One week of cafeteria cleaning. 3rd strike- Parent Meeting + One month of cafeteria cleaning. If a parent fails to show up or refuses to come to the meeting then the parent will be warned over email what the dispilinary action was and since he/she failed to attend the meeting that it will go into place the following week. If there is excessive cyberbullying caused by the student then the school can/should have full ability to give the student detention. This matter can become less complicated if these rules are written in a handbook that must be turned in with a student & parent signature (which would also eliminate the need for parent permission on displinary actions).

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    • tori from Indiana

      Both cyberbullying and face-to-face bullying need to be stopped. Schools are already trying to take over bullying on their school grounds, but the administration knows that it goes beyond there. Schools should punish any student that cyberbullies anyone else. Teens on social media usually act different than they do face-to-face, so if the school officials were to start getting more involved, bullies might slowly stop cyberbullying. Teenagers in middle and high school have a higher chance of becoming depressed than others. Cyberbullying has a large impact on this, and telling school administrators could lower these rates.

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    • Taylor from Utah

      I agree! Cyberbullying hurts just as much, if not more than normal bullying. People meet each other in school, then proceed to cowardly bully others online. Although schools can’t control it all, they can help teach kids, and when cyberbullying is found out, they can help reprimand them.

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      I agree! Cyberbullying hurts just as much, if not more than normal bullying. People meet each other in school, then proceed to cowardly bully others o…

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  • Olivia from New York

    Old-school bullying is starting to become a thing of the past. Unfortunately, cyberbullying is very common in our society. Students involved should be able to feel safe in school. They never know if the mean words online will start in person as well. Schools should be able to punish those who cyberbully.

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    • Kavya from North Carolina

      I agree. When in a learning environment students should feel safe and bullying in any form impedes that. If the students are from the same school administration should be able to punish them as outside of school punishment they may not face anything for harming someone in this way. If it was physical aggression in school they would face serious consequences and the same should be applied to online harassment.

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      I agree. When in a learning environment students should feel safe and bullying in any form impedes that. If the students are from the same school admi…

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    • Grace from Virginia

      If the cyberbullying wasn’t done in school, then how would punishing cyberbullying that was done outside of school make the person in school feel more safer?

      We all agree cyberbullying is horrible. However, why should, specifically, schools be the ones to punish cyberbullying?

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    • Justin from New York

      Cyber crime is an issue that is being faced by law enforcement more and more, and it should not be avoided because it is outside the realm of reality. The same is true with cyberbullying. It is a major issue that must be dealt with because it can have major effects in kids lives.

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  • Niya from Illinois

    Cyberbullying is among those students in that school the least someone could do is actually start to stop it there. If they cant help,get parents in,just bring the back up to do everything to stop the bullying

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  • Catherine from Minnesota

    I think that if it is a student bullying another student the school should have the right to step in and punish the bully. One way that the schools could handle cyberbullying is to notify the parents to start and then move forward from there. But overall I think when it is between students the school has the right to the step in because bullying can impact a student’s ability in school.

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  • Briana from New Jersey

    Cyber bullying has been a reoccurring topic for years now. Adults know their children do it, and schools constantly get phone calls from parents due to it. Yet it seems as if schools do not do anything to fix the problem. There is an article on CNN that clearly states, “A 2010 study done by the Cyber bullying Research Center says that one in five middle-school children have been affected by bullying through phones or computers.” This is the thing, they know of it yet know one seems to know a solution! Although cyber bullying does occur outside of school and others believe that it should not be traced back to school life, I very much disagree because if that was the scenario then the bully would have bullied someone not in his school. Now that the students are both in the same school then it should be tracked back to the school,and they should do something about it! Suspension at times does not work, so maybe expelling the bully is the best option!

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  • Jillian from New York

    Due to the increase use of technology within our generation, most adolescents don’t speak face to face but use the internet for communication. From that will come the habit of critical comments over the internet. Teenagers think that it’s more funny to bully on the internet for everyone to see other than only the people around hearing or witnessing the actions themselves. This kind of humiliation can be more impactful to the victim compared to physical humiliation. This problem leads to victims feeling that they won’t be able to escape the bully and the internet isn’t a great place, which is the function of society today. There are more and more suicides that are caused by cyberbullying. If schools could crack down on this issue, maybe there will be less victims and bullies, creating the butterfly effect of less deaths throughout the world caused by cyberbullying.

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  • Kailey from Texas

    Cyber bullying is a major issue. I myself have experienced cyber bullying. I went to my school administrator to address the comments that were being made on Twitter. The administrator then proceeded to tell me that she could not do anything because the comments were made online and not on school grounds. Thankfully I overcame cyber bullying, because of a great support system. But, what about the kids who don’t have a good support system, those kids are getting constantly beat down and belittled and the teens causing the victim the hurt are not facing any punishment! This is not ok in any way. No person should be able to get away with harming another person whether online or in person.

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  • Haylee from Kansas

    Schools should be able to punish students for harming others online, although schools shouldn’t be allowed to monitor social media to do so. If a student feels the threat/bullying is serious enough to come to the administration schools should be able to take action in order for everyone to feel like they are in a save learning environment.

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  • Anna from Illinois

    Cyberbullying should be punishable in schools. With the advance of technology throughout the years, bullying on text message and social media has become a lot more common. Being bullied not only hurts your feelings, but it causes loss of focus because of not feeling safe or whatever kind of grief the bullying causes. Cyberbullying by other classmates can be brought back into the school even if the bullies are not physically picking on the victim, the victim can be very distracted because of the things happening to them outside of school. Many people think cyberbullying is less hurtful because it all takes place behind a screen, but that is not the case. Bullying over media is just as bad if not worse than bullying in person. Most also believe that cyberbullying is easier to do because in many schools, what doesn’t happen on school property doesn’t get brought back onto school property for punishment. For the cyberbullies, this is an easy way to bully and have no punishment, but for the victims, there are little to no escapes from this way of bullying. Schools should punish for cyberbullying because even if it doesn’t happen on school property, it causes as much damage to the victim as if it did happen on school property. Punishment for cyberbullies would improve the safeness and confidence of school children and teens.

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  • Sierra from California

    Cyber bullying should be punished because many students are affected from the pressure forced among them and it negatively affects their performance in school. Like physical bullying, cyber bullying takes over a student’s life and in most cases, students become depressed and decide to commit suicide to get rid of all of the pain that they may feel. Usually feeling like the world is turning on them, they don’t have too many people to go to because people (usually those from school) believe what’s posted or said on social media.

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  • Dallas from Missouri

    Cyberbullying can cause a child or teen to feel bad about themselves in multiple ways. If it persists a person can become depressed or even try and kill themselves. If we stop this way of bullying then we can give this next generation a chance to grow in a hate-free environment.

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  • Kelsey from Michigan

    I believe that cyberbullying should be punished by the school as long as it is being taken place by students within the school. If it starts through the school and with the educators trying to stop the situation before it reaches the authorities and becomes an even bigger issue. Also a majority of schools want to make sure that their students are happy and healthy so why not go in to the world of cyberbullying to protect the well being of the students so that no lives are hurt or lost along the way.

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  • Christian from Florida

    I believe that cyber bullying is wrongful act of doing, that deserves consequences based on the severity of the situation. These consequences were establish not to punish the individual, but to correct them in order to prevent negative acts (such as cyberbullying) from continuously happening. When people decide to ignore cyberbullying and allow it to continue, it lets the negativity cultivate and eventually create a viral effect amongst other. Which could lead to depression or suicide thoughts. As a result, I believe there should be a punishment, in order to stop the trend of cyber bullying to continue.

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  • McKenna from Wisconsin

    I think bulling needs to be stopped and is absolutely terrible. It is so hard not only on kids but adults, adults and everyone around us. Something needs to be done because bullying is terrible as is. But when you hide behind a screen to bully someone is heartless. You have no idea what that person is going through that you just said something nasty mean to them. We need to make our world more peaceful and by doing this one thing can definitely impact a big portion of people. Nobody deserves to be bullied weather it is in person or through a screen. It is never okay and something needs to be done.

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  • Hannah from New York

    I do believe as well as agree that schools should be able to punish a student that bullied/bullies someone online. I believe it is necessary because students who go online to bully someone tend to bully a classmate or a person from the school, it is very unlikely that they would just go and harass a complete stranger. And if a student did indeed bully a fellow classmate then the school should be allowed to intervene and punish. But I do think that before a school punishes a student, they should speak to the parent and decide what to do together and not just take matters into their own hands.

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  • Alexander from Illinois

    In some cases cyberbullying gets carried into the schools and, sadly, can lead to suicides. Cyberbullying alone can lead to this outcome too so schools should be given the right to punish cyberbullying.

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    In some cases cyberbullying gets carried into the schools and, sadly, can lead to suicides. Cyberbullying alone can lead to this outcome too so school…

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  • Clay from Colorado

    I believe schools should be able to punish cyber bullying because this type of bullying is just as mean and as cruel as bullying to ones face. However school may only take action if the post, text, video, etc. Is taken, posted, or put into action on school grounds, a school related activity, or on a school device.

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    I believe schools should be able to punish cyber bullying because this type of bullying is just as mean and as cruel as bullying to ones face. However…

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  • Hannah from Missouri

    Cyber bullying concerns the people within the school and if not punished, either within the court system (in severe cases) or by the schools (in no less serious, but smaller, more minor cases), it may continue affecting a larger portion of the student body.

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  • melissa from Alabama

    Cyberbullying is still a form of bullying that can cause problems among students. It will hurt student’s feelings even if it is just read on a screen. Schools need to act rapidly and try to prevent these problems before they occur in a physical manner. Schools should be able to protect their students in this way.

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  • Galen from Missouri

    Cyberbullying that goes over the line that can be drawn in real life should be prohibited. Sometimes, people are just being dumb, and you can block them and move on; however, in other cases, where people are causing genuine problems, schools should definitely crack down, just as they would if it were taking part in the hallways.

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    Cyberbullying that goes over the line that can be drawn in real life should be prohibited. Sometimes, people are just being dumb, and you can block th…

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  • Collin from Michigan

    Cyberbullying affects a person much more than just the second they are looking at it. It can cause them to not be able to consentrate in class, which will give them bad grades and make their life more stressful. It can also make them have lower self-esteem, or if it is very serious can cause them to do terrible things to themselves or others like suicide. Schools should look into the bullying before action is taken though because sometimes people say things that they would never actually say face to face. Finally however if it is true bullying then it should be punished.

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  • Angelina from California

    It is important to punish kids for doing bad things before they take those habits into the real world. It may seem small now but bullies only keep growing and it’s important to discipline them before someone gets hurt.

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  • Matt from California

    The main argument against schools punishing people for cyberbullying is that schools should avoid getting involved in student’s personal lives. This is fairly true but doesn’t necessarily apply to cyberbullying. Once a person begins cyberbullying someone else, it is no longer something personal, but something within the internet that can be shared upon millions of others. A lot of the times, teachers are quick and easy sources for victims to tell when being cyberbullied and they should be allowed to handle the conflict as well as the parent.

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  • Brittney from Texas

    It doesn’t matter where it happens. Bullying is bullying, and it affects people in the same way, or even worse sometimes!

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  • Nim from Texas

    I believe cyberbullying is unpleasant and we must understand other feelings before we even say anything to them through message or face to face. I am against the cyberbullying because it is something that we are not supposed to do.

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  • Samantha from Connecticut

    Cyberbullying affects the learning in classrooms, so if people take the bullying from school to the internet then it should be punishable by schools.

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    • Nakesha from Arkansas

      Most bullying starts at school and cyber bullying can even happen at school. I feel like it should be punishable because it’s not only hurting one person but multiple people. You could be the one cyber bullying someone and if they commit suicide everyone will blame it on you and start to bully you online and on social media but it is a lot worse one social media because that is where the whole world can see what everyone is saying about you but it all possibly started from and encounter at school

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      Most bullying starts at school and cyber bullying can even happen at school. I feel like it should be punishable because it’s not only hurting one p…

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    • Sloane from Utah

      Oftentimes, people feel they can be whoever they want on the internet because, they are protected by a screen. This leads to harsh criticism and words said to others that can have detrimental effects on the people being bullied. Cyber-bullying leads to nothing but negative outcomes which can be devastating at times. People should be more aware of the results of cyber-bullying and through punishment at school, it can be taken more seriously and acted on.

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    • Gabrielle from Wisconsin

      Our schools are meant to prepare students for higher education and future jobs. If an employee was found to be harassing another employee, they would be reprimanded, if not fired. Cyberbullying effects a student not only personally but in their education. The student is robbed of their complete concentration on schoolwork, and therefore robbed of their education. Not to mention that cyberbullying has unfortunately lead to suicide, and a person who cyberbullies is assisting in that suicide. Assisted suicide is punishable by law, and it’s all the more reason for a job to not want to keep that employee. So, if one of the purposes of a school is to prepare their students for future jobs, they would punish a student that cyberbullies.

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    • Rosa from New Mexico

      School faculty can enact punishment on students even if they are not on school grounds. If they are allowed to discipline kids off school campus, actions taken online by students should be punishable just the same. The school system is notorious for ignoring the problem of bullying, and giving them the excuse to ignore it online in this age of technology only makes the matter worse.

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    • Jonathan from Tennessee

      Sometimes cyberbullying is anonymous, but I believe cyberbullying can be avoided if a person draws away from the aggressor. In the worst of situations, they should be sought out by authorities and carefully chastised, but if it does not go any further, then it should lie away. If it grows worse, the aggressor should be punished.

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    • Andrew from Illinois

      While bullying was traditionally an issue while on school grounds, the intervention of the internet has provided people with an outlet to hurt others not only at school, but in their personal lives as well, while hiding behind a computer screen. Schools should be able to monitor activities that occur on school grounds and with school provided equipment. If cyberbullying occurs on said regulations, the school should take suitable action immediately. However, there is the issue of cyberbullying that occurs outside of the school. While the actions may have occurred outside of the school boundaries, their repercussions can affect learning. If this is the case, schools should be able to intervene and if further occurrences are present, further action is appropriate. Overall, the school has the power to keep kids’ safety and security in mind while not overstepping their boundaries.

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    • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

      In a age where technology reigns and old school bullying is becoming a thing of the past, cyber bullying is becoming more prevelant due to it the internet allowing a new outlet for them to hurt others. Schools need to look at cyber bullying now for nobody to gets hurt or killed, victims and accusers alike.

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    • Lorena from Texas

      most people think that Cyberbullying is a joke and it doesn’t harm anyone because they use the internet as a joke, which we shouldn’t because a lot of teenagers in our society are committing suicide and its not only physical bullying but we are taking the bullying into the internet and if we look on Netflix there is a movie called cyberbullying and its about a girl who other students make fun of, so lets all put a stop on any kind of bullying all it takes is one person to stand up and say something

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      most people think that Cyberbullying is a joke and it doesn’t harm anyone because they use the internet as a joke, which we shouldn’t because a lot of…

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    • Aaron from Iowa

      Cyber-bullying can constrict a persons abilities and lower ones self esteem. It can be so extreme in places that it may lead to suicide. Schools should be taking notice and trying things in order to stop what is happening.

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  • Averi from Mississippi

    Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among U.S. teens, many of these deaths being caused by bullying and cyberbullying by their peers. In 2017, we are in the age of technology and carry the equivalent of the computers that sent the first shuttles to the moon in our pockets. We can write entire paragraphs, positive or negative, and remain completely anonymous. With the great power that we hold, we also need to be held to the responsibilities that come with it. Schools need to hold young people accountable for what they say to their peers because once you go into the real world, there is no leniency or slack cut. Companies hold their employees accountable for what they post and share online, so why can schools not do the same?

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    • Tylo from Florida

      For the last 2 years, a friend of mine was being bullied by someone she had previously considered a close personal friend. The bullying began when my friend was dating a guy that her friend decided she wanted to be with. For 2 years she turned all of her friends against her and even created a second Instagram account to post ugly pictures and write mean captions about the girl she used to be friends with. Now my friend is a very strong person and rarely allows petty things like that to affect her but I watched her struggle as her bully took it as far as to turn teachers from her. No one should have to go through this, especially when your bully is Student Body President and was admitted into her dream school with zero repercussions.

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    • Ethan from Kansas

      Well first off you statistics are wrong. Car accidents are leading cause of death for teens. Second is cancer. Then unitentional injury, then homocide, then suicide. Its not that much and suicide for cyber bullying on the list is only 3% because of cyber bullying. That is very low. Next on every social media site there is blockage they can just block people. And being punished at school for something you did at home is like getting detention at school for sneaking out at home. And before you say “Oh you never were bullied you don’t know what’s it’s like” I actually do I used to get beat up all the time elemtemary school. From Kindergarten to 5th grade every day I was beat up and some kid showed me how far my fingers would bend back without braking everyday. And I do know bullying Schools shouldn’t punish and kids should think and grow a spin

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  • avery from Ohio

    Yes, because the cyberbullys need to truly know that it’s not right from consequences. It’s not fair for anyone if there’s no consequence from no apologes or recognition of their own behavior.

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    • Samantha from Texas

      Cyber bulling is something that is hard to prevent but should be controlled as much as possible. People that put down others should have some sort of consequence or knowledge that hurting other is not okay. Many bullies just bully to make themselves feel better. The bullies should do some community work or other projects which involves helping others and considering people and there situation. All I am trying to say is to stop bullying there should be severe consequences.

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    • Mariah from Texas

      If things like this are not handled in school, the students will think it’s okay because there are no large consequences. Therefore they don’t feel the effect that gives them the desire to stop.

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      If things like this are not handled in school, the students will think it’s okay because there are no large consequences. Therefore they don’t feel th…

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  • Ashtyn from Kansas

    Bullying is punishable in schools already. When a student is being bullied by another student, school personnel should be allowed to get involved whether it’s on the internet or not. If a student commits suicide due to internet bullying, the bully risks time in prison. It’s best to attempt to stop the bullying– off or online– as soon as it begins whether it’s a punishment from the school or by a parent.

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    • Chris from California

      Cyber bullying to some people can be as equally hurtful as physical bullying. Others believe to shut off your electronic device or block them. However, for others engrossed into social media it’s jot that easy for some people. Therefore, it should be equally punishable if it gets to the extent of completely ruining someone’s reputation.

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  • Emily from Virginia

    I think everybody can agree that cyberbullying is absolutely horrible and should be taken very seriously. However, schools should not maintain control over students once they leave campus. This has been demonstrated in court already. In Layshock v. Hermitage School District, the 3rd Circuit of Appeals ruled that school officials were not permitted to punish students for what they say off campus. Another case involved a claim stating a student was “mean” on Facebook, and was subsequently punished by the school. The school district was sued and had to settle out of court. Furthermore, to broadly punish all speech deemed to be cyberbullying infringes on student’s free speech rights. Although schools have power to restrict some forms of specific speech, the landmark Supreme Court decision Tinker v. Des Moines held that punishing a student for protesting the Vietnam War in school was an infringement of their free speech rights.
    If a school administrator, however, were to witness cyberbullying on campus, then they’d be able to punish the student if it violated a school rule. If it was not witnessed on campus, punishing cyberbullying should not be within the purview of the school’s authority.

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    • Jenn from North Carolina

      I think that if you don’t punish cyberbullying in school than there are no limits as to what kids can do to each other online. Specifically if the cyberbullying is done between kids at the same school, it should definitely be addressed because if there’s online bullying there are definitely things that are also happening off the web.

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    • Nadia from Minnesota

      I agree with Emily because of the 1st amendment allowing the freedom of speech. Also, I disagree with school systems punishing students for cyberbullying because there is not yet a right for them to provide in the punishment.

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    • Hana from Michigan

      A lot of times children who are bullied don’t know who to turn to when they need help, but teachers and other school officials have the capability to solve the problem and prevent it from happening further. The child’s parents may not be the best option because parents tend to be biased towards their own child and make irrational decisions. Teachers are trained to understand their students and help them become better individuals. Not only that, but when someone is punished at school, the effect is much more impactful than a punishment given by parents at home. At home, the child’s dignity is not at stake. Therefore, if we were to punish our kids in school, they might feel ashamed of being punished and feel remorse over their actions, causing them to think twice in the future. Also, you bring up the topic of government, and how free speech of anyone should be protected. However, it should be kept in mind that there are limits to free speech, and one can’t say anything that can be considered harmful, and expect to get away with it under the pretense of free speech. In fact, there are some types of speech that are not protected by the government, and if it’s deemed harmful, the victim can collect money for damages. Just because it’s not on school premises does not mean that a person can do whatever they want after school. If an administrator or teacher finds out about an issue outside of school between students, they should take in upon themselves to sort out the issue. Moreover, going back to the topic of government, one of the basic rights that we have as American citizens is the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If someone is being intentionally harassed online and they later decide to suicide, which is extremely common, especially with cyberbullying, that person’s right to life and happiness is being infringed on. To conclude, from a behavioral, moral, and political perspective, I deem it correct to have cyberbullying punished in school.

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    • Michael from Florida

      The basis of potential school intervention in this matter is based on potential harm. Schools are permitted to punish students for violent and otherwise egregious conduct outside their premises based on the gravity of these offences going beyond free speech. Cyber-bullying is purely malicious and so goes beyond the scope of free speech, therefore to protect vulnerable students from predators and sociopaths, I believe it is the duty of institutions to sanction such behaviour.

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  • Marshallthemincraftyoutuber from New Hampshire

    No, because there is a delete button and a block button and a choice to ignore things, and not go on the internet.

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  • Zac from Maryland

    Bullying is a product of human nature, and will be found in some form everywhere. Bullying is an evolutionary adaptation, in the sense that it is a decentralized form of describing which behavior is acceptable and which is not. Within schools, bullying unnecessarily demoralizes students to the point where the thought of going to school the next day stresses them out the entire night before. Grades start slipping due to fear of classroom bullies; due to lowered self-esteems, relationships start to fail and motivation drops to an all time low. The rise of the internet and social media allowed for the same bullying that takes place in real life to happen constantly. Anonymity often reveals the darkest in people. And while cyberbullying can have a real effect on people, there are many outlets available online that offer support. Schools are meant for education, and rather than overstep their jurisdiction, why not allow our children to create their own support systems, and develop social skills that will help them for a lifetime

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  • sam from New Hampshire

    because bullying s a good thing. it teaches people to stand up for themselves

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    • Ari from Kentucky

      lola, if I insult you and you commit suicide, its not my fault. In any way, shape, or form. If someone commits suicide the fault lies with one person: Them. If it was a murder, then the fault is with the murderer. If the person did it themselves, that’s their fault. I shoot you, my fault. You shoot you, your fault.

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    • lola from California

      ya, but if they bully them to the point where they commit suicide, then that is a big issue. You get charged as MAN SLAUGHTER!!No one should also get to that point either!!!

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    • Louis from New Hampshire

      amen brother

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  • Joshua from Wisconsin

    No, because the definition of cyber-bullying is unclear.

    First, there is a difference between physical violence and hateful or offensive speech. What constitutes the former has clear objective guidelines and is easy to enforce. The latter is extremely subjective. What constitutes cyber-bullying? Does mere gossip count? What about a statement that marriage is between a man and a woman? How about a statement with the proper use of pronouns? An endorsement of Trump? The answer is unclear – and likely decided by political ideology rather than objective fact, likely because there is no objective standard for determining the answer.

    It also matters who is doing the punishing. Creating a policy that allows school administrators to punish cyber-bullying leads down a slippery slope that might lead central authorities to crack down on free-speech. Think I’m crazy? We already see this in many universities and schools in America, Canada, and Europe.

    Further, cyber-bullying and hate speech is wrong; however, students should learn to live through it. In real life, people are criticized and insulted. We need to learn how to deal with it. I am definitely NOT saying bullying is in any way acceptable or justified. Just that it is healthy for humans to learn to deal with bullying and pain. No amount of cyber-bullying EVER justifies suicide.

    You might think I am being harsh and that I do not have compassion for victims. As someone who has personally never experienced cyber-bullying, I cannot claim to know the shame and pain victims of cyber-bullying experience. I just think we should respond in just manner. Cyberbullies should be socially ostracized and punished by their parents. Death threats should be dealt with by the police, not the school authorities.

    The internet is increasingly becoming the most major medium and means for the distribution of information. It’s important we respond to incidents occurring in it in a fair, proportional, level-headed, and even-handed manner.

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  • Cole from North Carolina

    People that are “cyber bullied” can just close their computer, or turn off their phone. Unless someone is being physically bullied in person, or someone is being threatened, then schools should not get involved.

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  • Yehudis from Virginia

    Although cyberbullying is a terrible thing, there needs to be a very distinct separation between students’ school life and students’ out-of-school life. Parents have to be on top of their children’s out-of-school activities; that is not up to their teachers or their school. Once schools have one obligation, there’s no end to that tenuous balance. Suddenly, everything in a student’s private life will be broadcasted to their school. They will have no freedom.

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  • Gregory from Texas

    Cyberbullying should not be punishable by schools. The basic principle of whether cyberbullying is morally wrong or not is not what is being debated. It is commonly agreed that cyberbullying is wrong. What is being debated is whether schools should have the ability to punish students. Schools can’t because that is outside of their jurisdiction. The school’s role is to educate the students during a set time of the day. The schools can’t and shouldn’t dictate the actions of their students or punish them for behavior outside if the school: no matter how evil the deed may seem. If you open up the door for the school to punish students in this manner you open up the door for the school to dictate the action of students in other areas.
    In summation, schools shouldn’t be able to punish students outside of their jurisdiction. This is fundamentally wrong because of the power overreach because schools are institutions of teaching not executive branch enforcing of certain morality.

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    • Johnny from Colorado

      I agree with what you are saying, but if the act of cyber-bullying is affecting the students ability to learn while they are at school, because they are distracted or whatever, then the school can now get involved.

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    • Alice from California

      And what if cyberbullying affects how schools are able to effectively teach students? Wouldn’t schools be failing at what their intended purpose is? What then? And if you think about it, school is the workplace and the students are the workers (Ever heard how a student’s job is to learn at school?) A boss should be able to let go of a worker if they act indecently outside of the workplace, so shouldn’t that apply to schools as well? It’s understandable how some would be concerned over the balance of power, but how else will we be able to take down cyberbullying if the parents are unwilling/unavailable to punish the bully?

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  • Halima from Virginia

    Cyber bullying should not be prosecuted by schools. If schools decide to punish cuber bullying they would be shifting focuses on attempting to prove an individual guilty of such a transgressions. This would waste resources. Furthermore, the difference between cyber bullying and a mean joke would be decided by the administration which is a terrible idea considering the administration would be biased against the student’s favor. The slippery slope would cause confusion and worry the students. This leads to the next point, how would schools confirm who the students were because if a student opens an anonymous account it would be particularly difficult to prove that a certain student was the holder of the bullying account. As a result, while cyber bullying is absolutely abhorrent at the current moment it is illogical and frankly futile to indict students beyond reasonable doubt without wasting tax payers funding and miss-allocating resources.

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  • Ari from Kentucky

    Absolutely not. If I punch someone, I am rightly punished. Why? Because I hurt them in a quantifiable way. I caused them physical and obvious pain, and probably a bruise to boot. If I follow them and yell hate speech in their face, they cant get away from it, and I am probably hurting their ears and their psyche. Thus, I am rightly punished. But nothing short of a virus forces someone to see something on their computer/phone screen. Again, not counting viruses I am causing them NO HARM that they can’t simply avert their eyes from. Pixels in a specific order is in no way damaging to anyone. Even if they are hate speech, or insults, you can simply turn off the phone, go to another tab, or any number of other solutions. Cyberbullying causes no harm that can’t be avoided (unlike punching or screaming).

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  • Raymond from California

    The people “bullying” are just talking smack unless you know them then go to an adult. The idiots that kill them self are being stupid because there is no reason once so ever bitch

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  • Caroline from Colorado

    There is to many unknown factors when things are said online such as unknown identity and unknown intent

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  • DJ from Kansas

    Schools should not have jurisdiction in the students’ life online. It is outside the boundaries of the school. Teaching healthy coping mechanisms, and giving them a place to talk about it is fine. However, searching through phones and profiles is not the concern of the principals. If there is a real issue then parents can contact the parents of the bully or call the police. If not there’s several ways to block or blacklist certain people on nearly every platform.

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  • Tray from Kansas

    There is so much a school can do, it’s far more effective to let the police and FBI handle the internet it’s to powerful for a school to mess with. Thought making sure the student(s) have the support of the school and doesn’t escalate further just give the student ISS for a week to keep the problem from becoming physical.

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    There is so much a school can do, it’s far more effective to let the police and FBI handle the internet it’s to powerful for a school to mess with. Th…

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  • Sarah from Kansas

    I think if a student gets bullied out of school or not on school campus then he or she should be punished in other ways and not at school. Too many incidents happen AT school that they can’t control everything such as bullying on the weekends or a day out of school. The weekends are for the parental guidance the children have to watch over their children , that is who the kids should go to. Then they take matters in their own hands by either going to source by going to the bullies parents or if it is bad then go to the cops. If it isn’t serious I really just don’t believe kids should let it get to them.

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    I think if a student gets bullied out of school or not on school campus then he or she should be punished in other ways and not at school. Too many in…

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  • Madylin from Michigan

    Cyberbullying is, terribly-worded, an extracurricular activity. The act itself has nothing to do with school, and schools therefore hold no jurisdiction in the punishment of cyberbullies. However, this does not mean that cyberbullying cannot be a punishable offense, as the police may easily regard cyberbullying cases as abuse/assault, holding offenders responsible as such. Similarly, schools may still address cyberbullying phenomena with schoolwide activism campaigns, which could ultimately prove more effective in the cultivation of a wholesome learning environment.

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  • Bradley from Missouri

    I believe that Schools should provide anti-bullying training for students and teachers as mentioned in the Ozark School article. The school should address bullying when it happens at school and carries over into the classroom. But the cyber bullying that happens on social media outside of the school should be handled by our parents, social media sight and the police if needed.

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    I believe that Schools should provide anti-bullying training for students and teachers as mentioned in the Ozark School article. The school should ad…

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  • Bryce from Indiana

    The internet is out of the school’s jurisdiction. The school should not be able to regulate what happens outside of school. A simple solution is to block the person on the account. Blocking someone is the equivalent of just walking away from a fight at school. If someone were to hit someone else at an extracurricular activity (not run by the school), is that punishable at school? No the school cannot punish someone for that because it does not involve the school. Cyber bullying does not involve the school; therefore, the school should not be able to punish someone for cyber bullying.

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    The internet is out of the school’s jurisdiction. The school should not be able to regulate what happens outside of school. A simple solution is to …

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  • Quade from Missouri

    I think no because the text even says that decades ago, a law was made that wouldn’t let schools punish bully’s outside of school property. Why change it now when the law has already been made. Another reason I think no is because I think parents should teach their kids correct behavior and if they don’t follow the rules parents made for them, it’s the parents fault. Also I think that being an outside school problem, the school is not responsible for the kids outside of school.

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    I think no because the text even says that decades ago, a law was made that wouldn’t let schools punish bully’s outside of school property. Why change…

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  • jackson from Missouri

    Kids need to learn how to not take that offencive and grow up.

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  • Kaitlin from Ohio

    Once a student is at home, away from school, that student is no longer the responsibility of the school. The school should not be able to punish students for something that did not happen while the student is not the responsibility of the school, nor should they be forced to attempt to. Although cyber-bullying is a terrible thing, it is not the school’s responsibility to monitor what students do on the internet while they are not at school.

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    Once a student is at home, away from school, that student is no longer the responsibility of the school. The school should not be able to punish stude…

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  • bryson from Utah

    No, it doesn’t happen during school so they shouldn’t be able to punish the person while they are at school.

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  • Ian from Kentucky

    I don’t want to restrict the rights of speech and possibly hold someone’s feelings above an American right. The victim could interpret the opinion of the writer as malicious or could find their words annoying. The accuser could say that the writer held on mean thoughts and wanted to spread hate speech or racism. The schools also shouldn’t hold their students extremely accountable for their words due to their age and lack of knowledge. Growing up is about learning and how to apply the knowledge to make the world around us better.

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    I don’t want to restrict the rights of speech and possibly hold someone’s feelings above an American right. The victim could interpret the opinion of …

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  • Elizabeth from Kentucky

    I think cyberbullying should not be punishable by schools UNLESS the actual bullying takes place on school campus or during school hours. If the cyberbullying happens and it involves the school in some way, there should be punishment that takes place to reprimand the problem. If the issue is taken to the school then the school should not just ignore the problem. However, if it happens outside of school, the school must respect all person’s first amendment rights and allow the students to speak, act, believe, etc, whatever they like. Although cyber bullying is horrible and definitely should be punished, it is not necessarily the school’s place to take action, unless it involves the school directly.

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    I think cyberbullying should not be punishable by schools UNLESS the actual bullying takes place on school campus or during school hours. If the cybe…

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  • Cathy from Kentucky

    Cyberbullying should not be punishable by school, but rather should be punished by the social medium or website that was used to bully. We all have the freedom of speech, so what we post or say should not technically be punishable for any reason. At the same time, schools give education to a younger generation of students whose mental capacity may not be fully developed. For this reason, the younger generation should be punished for exceptionally cruel or violent language in writing on social media in order to help in learning, but the school itself should not do the punishing. The resource used to bully should monitor the ages of its users and the content, and punished based on that.

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    Cyberbullying should not be punishable by school, but rather should be punished by the social medium or website that was used to bully. We all have t…

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  • Quinn from Kentucky

    Cyberbullying should not be punishable by the school if the bullying is being done outside of the school. The school should be responsible for what happens on it grounds but they should not be interfering with students outside of the school property. If schools start to punish students for what they do outside of school, they will have to draw a line somewhere but I feel that would be very difficult to pick a certain line on where cyberbullying should be punishable by the school, and where it should be left alone for the parents to deal with. If cyberbullying is occurring outside of school, the parents should try to step in and deal with the situation instead of the schools interfering with the students life outside of school because the school system does not belong in the students personal life outside of school.

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    Cyberbullying should not be punishable by the school if the bullying is being done outside of the school. The school should be responsible for what ha…

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  • Sean from Kentucky

    No, I do not believe that schools should be able to punish kids for cyberbullying as it would be very hard to regulate. If the public school systems were to make a system where some paid employee would monitor thousands of social media accounts, and that would be very expensive to do. I believe that there are already enough taxes. I think that instead of having children’s private lives monitored, kids should be taught about what their actions can do.

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    No, I do not believe that schools should be able to punish kids for cyberbullying as it would be very hard to regulate. If the public school systems …

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    Even though cyberbullying is a really bad issue right now I do not think schools should be able to punish kids for cyberbullying. They should not be able to punish them because it happens outside of school property. If a kid is being cyberbullied a lot they can take the kid to court if it is bad enough. But if the student is cyberbullying online at school it should be punishable because it is on school property .

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    Even though cyberbullying is a really bad issue right now I do not think schools should be able to punish kids for cyberbullying. They should not be a…

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  • Lauren from Kentucky

    Cyber bullying is a serious issue and should be treated as such, but schools should not be involved in the punishment of the students or the consequences. Cyber bullying takes place outside of schools, and even though it may happen between students that attend the same schools, they shouldn’t have any authority over students personal lives off campus. Giving schools permission to punish students for something online and outside of school, such as cyber bullying, also gives the school permission to punish students for other events that may happen online and in their personal lives. Students are allowed to share what they choose online just as they can outside of school and it should not fall under the schools authority to control it. Cyber bullying does need to stop, but it is not within the schools authority to do so and there are other ways to control and end cyberbullying.

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    Cyber bullying is a serious issue and should be treated as such, but schools should not be involved in the punishment of the students or the consequen…

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  • Steve from Kentucky

    No, Cyber Bullying can be considered such a wide variety of things so where would a school draw the line or not draw the line. Is a sarcastic comment considered cyber bullying if it hurt someone, could avoiding someone online be considered cyber bullying? School’s also have no right to take away one our our 1st amendment allowing people to have freedom of speech. Cyber bullying should be addressed but not as a punishable law by any school. Schools could then take full advantage to manipulate the rule and consider any minor offense punishable when that is not how it should be handled.

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    No, Cyber Bullying can be considered such a wide variety of things so where would a school draw the line or not draw the line. Is a sarcastic comment …

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  • michael from Kentucky

    To a degree it should not be punishable, if kids are just messing around, like name calling, etc nothing should happen but if the bullying goes to an extent like suicide it should be punishable. If we were punishing every kid who wrote one bad thing to another, kids wouldn’t want to express themselves in the classroom, just take our president for example, he expresses whatever he wants on twitter and nothing is happening from it.

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    To a degree it should not be punishable, if kids are just messing around, like name calling, etc nothing should happen but if the bullying goes to an …

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  • Ethan from Kentucky

    No, cyber bullying should not be punishable by the schools for many reasons. One, bullying is illegal and should be taken to the law. Two, unless the cyberbullying is happening at school, I do not believe that the kids should be punished by the school. Lastly, cyberbullying can be a serious problem and is more likely that the punishments allowed by the schools would not effect the bullies in an effective way.

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    No, cyber bullying should not be punishable by the schools for many reasons. One, bullying is illegal and should be taken to the law. Two, unless the …

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  • Greg from Kentucky

    I think schools should not be responsible for patrolling the internet and social media accounts of all the students in a school. That is another job in the public school system that would not be needed, causing tax payers even more money. I think the school should be responsible for some type of punishment if the student being bullied comes forward with proof and complains to the school about the problem. Also, if cyber bullying carries with a person even out of school, who are they going to complain to, their employer? I personally doubt their employer will be able to do anything unless that person just so happens to work at the same place as them, but it is unlikely for two people from the same school to still want to work at the same place out of highschool.

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    I think schools should not be responsible for patrolling the internet and social media accounts of all the students in a school. That is another job i…

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  • Steven from Oregon

    I do not believe it is the school’s responsibility to govern its students personal use of electronics. If the cyber bullying occurs on school grounds or using school equipment that is one thing, but a persons private devices are just that, private. I do, however, believe that cyber bullying should be more easily punishable by law. Laws regarding harassment and verbal assault should be broadened to include cases regarding cyber bullying.

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    I do not believe it is the school’s responsibility to govern its students personal use of electronics. If the cyber bullying occurs on school grounds …

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  • Pierce from Illinois

    I was bullied in high school. When I was bullied, I was trapped. I was physically pushed against walls, stolen from, and hit. There was no escape because I had to keep going to school. I was trapped, in a sense, that’s what defines bullying.
    In cyber “bullying” that doesn’t exist. It should NOT be considered bullying when the only thing you have to do is click a little button that says “block user.” You don’t even have to tell anyone about it. To escape my bullies, I had to get help from my parents, from teachers, and from school police. Cyber bullying should absolutely not be punished in schools.

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    I was bullied in high school. When I was bullied, I was trapped. I was physically pushed against walls, stolen from, and hit. There was no escape beca…

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  • Aaron from Alaska

    Cyberbullying which can be proven to have caused bodily harm to an individual or group of individuals should be dealt with through legal means rather than by a school or school district. Schools should only have jurisdiction over speech and actions taken on their campus or which could reasonably threaten the security of said school.

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    Cyberbullying which can be proven to have caused bodily harm to an individual or group of individuals should be dealt with through legal means rather …

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  • Haley from Delaware

    Cyberbullying is not a good thing whether it’s punished by schools or not, but I don’t believe the schools should be involved in that. A school punishment could be something like a week’s suspension, but most students don’t take that seriously. A suspension is more thought up to be a day off of school, or even a week depending, which just gives them more time to not care, and they will likely have their phones or internet access with them when they are off. Schools can and should be involved in this kind of thing, but their punishments are not teaching children the lesson they are meaning to teach. I think they should take up a different approach and respond in a more therapeutic way, as it has been proven to be more effective.

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    Cyberbullying is not a good thing whether it’s punished by schools or not, but I don’t believe the schools should be involved in that. A school punish…

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  • Yavuz from Rhode Island

    In my opinion, the schools can’t effect on cyber-bullying. These things happen outside of school, so its not about school. If parents have any kind of problems on that, they need to go police or this kind of places.

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    In my opinion, the schools can’t effect on cyber-bullying. These things happen outside of school, so its not about school. If parents have any kind of…

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  • Grace from Virginia

    Schools do not have the authority to punish cyberbullying if it’s off campus or not on their network just like they don’t have the ability to punish physical bullying if it’s off campus.
    If it’s done on any school-managed property or website than yes, cyberbullying should be punished. However, if it’s not done in any relation to the school, then where does the school get their authority to punish the cyberbullying?

    Now I do firmly believe that the school should be involved in preventing and bringing light on cyberbullying. They should educate parents on this growing problem and encourage parents to be engaged in what their children are saying. If a parent or student has a concern that they may have been cyberbullied, the school should not brush off the issue. Rather, they should bring the evidence of cyberbullying to the parents of the cyberbully.

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    Schools do not have the authority to punish cyberbullying if it’s off campus or not on their network just like they don’t have the ability to punish p…

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  • Katherine from Michigan

    The most generic and most commonly accepted term of cybebullying is the act of harassing a person online. Punishment from cyberbullying should not be at the jurasdiction of a school -grades K-12. When you step into school grounds, you essentially wave your rights to the school for the idea that they act like a parent with the goal of educating or teaching.
    When you get online, you enter a completly different world. Many unwritten rules, and written rules broken all the time and many are only enforced by law. Schools do not have the power to control what happens on the internet, but are faced with the effects on students from the internet. The only power school has is to control the root of a possible problem-to restrict access to the internet and getting online.

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    The most generic and most commonly accepted term of cybebullying is the act of harassing a person online. Punishment from cyberbullying should not be …

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  • Connor from South Carolina

    With the rise of social media came the rise of cyber bullying, and it is definitely a big problem in today’s society. People should be aware of how their actions and hurtful words towards someone online can effect that person’s everyday life. That being said, I do not believe that schools should be able to regulate and tell a student what they can and cannot do on outside of school. Schools should only get involved if the harassment continues on school grounds. If the bullying and/or harassment makes the student feel unsafe however, then law enforcement should be involved. The most schools should be involved in preventing cyber bullying is to provide advising and information on who to go to if the victim requests it.

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    With the rise of social media came the rise of cyber bullying, and it is definitely a big problem in today’s society. People should be aware of how th…

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  • Elontay from Texas

    To you all who believe cyber bullying should be punishable are right when you say
    Cyber bullying can…. “constrict a persons abilities” “lower one self-esteem” as well as the “effect the learning in a class” or “ its extreme due to the fact that it leads to suicide” all of the above mentioned are legit however it’s atrocious for a school to get involved with what a student is doing out of school especially when there’s a profusion of cyber bullying going on with adults. They as victims don’t get the honor of having a school punish their abuser. I’d say the best way to eliminate cyber bullying is by the victim cutting out all ties with the abuser or delete profile and make a new one. having schools punish the abuser is highly redundant being that we’re going to have people bullying us in many ways through our life naturally and we won’t be under the safeguard of the school.

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    To you all who believe cyber bullying should be punishable are right when you say
    Cyber bullying can…. “constrict a persons abilities” “lowe…

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  • Isaiah from Pennsylvania

    Schools should not interfere in what should be the parents responsibility. Parents should teach their children sufficient morality, so that they won’t harass people online. The parents are those who are raising the children not the school.

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    Schools should not interfere in what should be the parents responsibility. Parents should teach their children sufficient morality, so that they won…

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  • emily from New York

    While I believe any form of bullying is unkind, putting the onus to correct this behavior on the school is wrong. We send out children to school to learn. Children’s behavior is learned at home and punishment should also be done at home, provided it is not criminal.

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    While I believe any form of bullying is unkind, putting the onus to correct this behavior on the school is wrong. We send out children to school to le…

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  • Mariah from Oklahoma

    As terrible as cyberbullying is, it shouldn’t be up to schools to patrol everything and control yet another aspect of the student’s life.

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  • David from Texas

    Cyberbullying is a reflection of the individual’s malicious intent and the responsibility of handling that falls to the parents because the school provides the education while the parents serve as the moral compass.

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    Cyberbullying is a reflection of the individual’s malicious intent and the responsibility of handling that falls to the parents because the school pro…

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  • Kailey from Illinois

    Cyberbullying is an awful thing that is happening today, but schools should only maintain jurisdiction over matters that are happening at school. If it is something specifically affecting school then schools should be able to control what is happening, but otherwise, it should be the responsibility of victims and their families to seek solutions to the problem. This issue is a major problem because so many students are affected by it, but free speech and other first amendment rights would be potentially jepordized by allowing schools to have control.

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    Cyberbullying is an awful thing that is happening today, but schools should only maintain jurisdiction over matters that are happening at school. If i…

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  • Shane from Connecticut

    I do not condone cyberbullying, I think it’s one of the many things messed up in the world. But the fact is that a school should not be involved in outside affairs. If the student is on school campus doing so, they should be punished for disrupting school, but outside of it, not so much. It is a person’s right to complain about something or someone online. That’s just life. My argument is that if it isn’t serious enough to call the police, it’s not serious at all. Don’t rely on adults to save you, make some moves yourself, and I don’t mean bully them back, but the adult thing to do is to inform the police about harassment of any sort if you know the source of it.

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    I do not condone cyberbullying, I think it’s one of the many things messed up in the world. But the fact is that a school should not be involved in ou…

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  • Kyle from New York

    I feel there I more to this question than just a yes or no answer. I’m by no means implying cyberbullying is right, but schools should have no right to be punishing kids for what happens outside of school. If you’re in school, using school wifi, or on school property, than by all means, yes they should be able to punish you.

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    I feel there I more to this question than just a yes or no answer. I’m by no means implying cyberbullying is right, but schools should have no right t…

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  • Anthony from Pennsylvania

    While any form of bullying should be punishable and is something that we as a society need to focus more of our attention on, this debate truly comes down to the extent of jurisdiction the school has. Meaning that yes bullying is wrong and while on school property it is something the school should 110% handle, whether the bullying is done from behind a computer screen or face to face if it is on school property than it is without a doubt the right and responsibility of the school to deal with this issue as they see fit. The problem with cyberbullying however is it is something that can be done from home or anywhere else for that matter. This being said the answer is fairly simple, if the school can prove that the cyberbullying happened within their punishable jurisdiction than yes I feel as if it is a responsibility of them to do so. However, unless the schools are allowed to punish students for any bullying they do at home whether that is face to face or behind a screen I feel it really comes down to where the actual act occurred, and whether or not the schools have a right to punish kids for things they do off of school property and time.

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  • Nathan from Alabama

    Schools should not punish cyberbullying outside of the school, simply because that is not their domain. To shed light on the cyberbullying, examine a schools response to physical bullying. If the bullying occurs on the school grounds (in the classroom, at recess, etc.) the school takes action and rightly so. However if the bullying occurs outside of the school (in the neighborhood, for example) the school does not take action even if the parties involved attend the same school. The reason is that the neighborhood is outside of the schools jurisdiction. So for cyberbullying, if it is at the school or uses school property (computers, tablets), then it should be enforced by the school. It is the school’s property so it decides the how it ought to be used. However, if the students involved interact apart from the school (not on school grounds and without school property) then the school should not get involved. It is outside of the school’s domain.

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  • Summer from Ohio

    I don’t think cyberbullying should be punished by schools. It occurs on a different domain than the one they are responsible for, so it is not their issue to deal with. Abuse and harassment can be reported on most social media platforms, and other websites as well. And if that doesn’t work there’s always the block button, or law enforcement if the bullying extends to threats of violence. Unless the bullying is continued in person on school grounds, then it is just not the school board’s issue to deal with.

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    I don’t think cyberbullying should be punished by schools. It occurs on a different domain than the one they are responsible for, so it is not thei…

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  • Joseph from Ohio

    Schools do not have jurisdiction over students unless they are on campus or at a school sponsored event. If the cyberbullying is occurring while the students are on campus, then I think that they should be punished, but cyberbullying outside of school should be handled by parents, and if that doesn’t work out, the police.

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    Schools do not have jurisdiction over students unless they are on campus or at a school sponsored event. If the cyberbullying is occurring while the …

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  • Gideon from Oklahoma

    How hard is it to click ‘logout?’ Since when did school have any business in running my life OUTSIDE of school? People should forget their feelings, only facts matter. Nobody should be hurt over trash talk online. Cyber bullying isn’t even real. It’s CYBER!

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    How hard is it to click ‘logout?’ Since when did school have any business in running my life OUTSIDE of school? People should forget their feelings, o…

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  • A from Hawaii

    Cleary, cyberbully is not a big enough problem for schools to waste valuable time on. Today, technology provides many ways of protecting children on the web. If someone is bullying you, you can block them or just ignore them. Did you try turning off your phone?

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    Cleary, cyberbully is not a big enough problem for schools to waste valuable time on. Today, technology provides many ways of protecting children on t…

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  • Hannah from Colorado

    We have all heard the stories of cyberbullying and how it has disrupted the lives of many families. While the pain of these online attacks drives us to demand and quickly find solutions, prevention is a murky territory. The question is who is responsible for solving the bullying issue – school, parents, or police? And I believe the answer is a little bit of all three and it depends on the situation. I do not think that a law should be signed explicitly making the school responsible for cyberbullying. I believe it is necessary for all of us to take extra steps to ensure safety in our schools. Parents should be monitoring their kids’ devices, police and school security should watch student behavior more closely and investigate verbal and physical fights, and the school should offer training and work to bring all of these forces together to devise a plan of action. I do not believe that laws will solve these issues because it is impossible to create an all-encompassing bullying measure that applies to each individual. However, if each party involved could work together and take extra initiative, we would see far fewer bullying cases.

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    We have all heard the stories of cyberbullying and how it has disrupted the lives of many families. While the pain of these online attacks drives us …

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  • no from Alabama

    Schools will just show people what they want, but not fix the real problem.

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  • Boluwatito from Maryland

    Schools do not have much power when it comes to cyber bullying because the bully can still access the internet off of school grounds. The website being used has the most control over what it shown and can remove the bully from using the site if necessary.

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    Schools do not have much power when it comes to cyber bullying because the bully can still access the internet off of school grounds. The website bei…

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  • Collin from Nevada

    Cyberbullying is certainly a problem, nobody can deny that, but these days people have such loose definitions of bullying that people will act like you’re the devil himself for simply disagreeing with them politically. Truth be told, I like the idea of punishing bullying but I’m confident this system will be abused.

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    Cyberbullying is certainly a problem, nobody can deny that, but these days people have such loose definitions of bullying that people will act like yo…

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  • Mere from Florida

    I think cyberbullying is a big problem nowadays, but I also think that making it something punishable at school will hurt people’s privacy and freedom because the school will have to monitor students’ behaviour also off campus.
    I do think that it’s something that should be actively discussed at school, with students as well as with the parents. And of course, if necessary, there should be counselling available if people feel the need to talk about it.

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    I think cyberbullying is a big problem nowadays, but I also think that making it something punishable at school will hurt people’s privacy and freedom…

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  • Jace from Texas

    Cyber bulling is a huge issue among today’s society. With so much new technology, it is only going to get easier for one to be bullied in the cyber world. Cyber bullying and regular bulking are not the same and school life and out of school life must be separate. Consequences for out of school actions should not be handled in school. That is up for the parents or guardings to decide and if necessary, the police.

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  • Ryan from Alabama

    The creation of a culture of distrust and fear is no way to end online harassment.

    Cyberbullying is a vague, almost intangible concept defined by whichever teacher decides to enforce his or her own version of justice. Most implementations of these rules encourage students to students to keep tabs on each other and to contact an authority figure when they see an incident (even if they are not involved). These rules are also open to falsification. I can recall quite a few instances during my years of high-school where students were punished for the actions of their online impersonators. In the end, actual cases of online harassment are few and far between. These rules are the result of years of fear-mongering and sensationalized news reporting.

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    The creation of a culture of distrust and fear is no way to end online harassment.

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  • Eden from Utah

    Cyber-bullying may affect a lot of people, but most of it is done outside of the school. Giving schools the authority to punish cyber-bullying is like giving the schools authority to punish fighting off of school property. My answer is no.
    But, if a teacher is told about cyber-bullying, they can and should report it to the social media network, and/or report it to city police. Bullying, cyber and every other type, can be punished by a city fine, or even jail time. It is serious, but not under school jurisdiction.

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    Cyber-bullying may affect a lot of people, but most of it is done outside of the school. Giving schools the authority to punish cyber-bullying is like…

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  • Catherine from New Jersey

    any bullying that is done off of school grounds should not be punished by schools. It doesn’t make any sense

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  • Jordan from New York

    Unfortunately, cyberbullying is a very present issue in our society, but as it stands, it should not be punishable by schools. Cyberbullying is a terrible activity, but it does not relate to the school directly. Their may be exceptions to this rule regarding drama during school hours, caused by cyberbullying, and it may be addressed and discouraged. Similarly, cyberbullying is a matter that should be dealt with by parents, the community, and if serious enough, even the state. To elaborate, if a student got in a fight outside of school, it is not the educator’s job to solve the issue, even if it causes an uproar and creates ill-tensions within the school. Cyberbullying should be a topic that children are educated about and should be formally discouraged, but the matter of cyberbullying is strictly a standing of parents and state.

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    Unfortunately, cyberbullying is a very present issue in our society, but as it stands, it should not be punishable by schools. Cyberbullying is a terr…

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  • Zane from Colorado

    Unlike true bullying, cyberbullying is completely avoidable. Students choose to access the internet to share, post, and the like. Cyberbullying is merely taking advantage of that. If something makes you feel bad, such as the comments on your Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or another social media platform, it is extremely easy to avoid it.

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    Unlike true bullying, cyberbullying is completely avoidable. Students choose to access the internet to share, post, and the like. Cyberbullying is mer…

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  • Brandon from Texas

    Being witnessed several accounts and reading several stories about cyberbullying, it is simply the parents’ job to keep up with their children and monitor any form of activity involving other students within their community. Cyberbullying generally occurs outside of the classroom, in most cases, online where students are able to interact with each other through the use of social media. Therefore, schools are not responsible for the activity that happens outside of the school on the internet. Parents, on the other hand, should strictly monitor and guide their children to doing the right things and should educate them on their limits online.

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    Being witnessed several accounts and reading several stories about cyberbullying, it is simply the parents’ job to keep up with their children and mo…

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  • Sabrina from Pennsylvania

    Although Cyberbullying is a terrible problem for students I do not think it should be punishable by schools. What students do on their private devices is up to them and cyberbullying can happen just as often outside of school as it can in school. Often times if action is taken in school it makes the problem worse for students outside of school. If action is to be taken against the bully it should first happen outside of school and proceed from there.

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    Although Cyberbullying is a terrible problem for students I do not think it should be punishable by schools. What students do on their private devices…

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    • Sara from Alabama

      I agree that cyber bullying does not always stem from the classroom environment and should be dealt with accordingly

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    • no from Alabama

      Yes, and America does what ever it wants.

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    • Marisela from Texas

      I believe there are many ways to stop cyber bulling like blocking, and removing ones self from social media now that we have control who we talk to this can be easily tooken care of. Parents i believe should be in charge of punishment for bulling and if schools really wanted to help they should teach children how to talk to each other politely and what bullying can cause.

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      I believe there are many ways to stop cyber bulling like blocking, and removing ones self from social media now that we have control who we talk to th…

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    • Satorie from Alabama

      You have a point. But, if the problem comes to the school’s environment from online it creates and even bigger problem. It can disturb the school’s learning environment. Therefore causing administrators to get involved. Bullying of any type in a school setting should be handled.

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      You have a point. But, if the problem comes to the school’s environment from online it creates and even bigger problem. It can disturb the school’s le…

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  • Katelynn from Texas

    Because you can’t hear the inflection behind words on a screen, you can never be sure how a message was intended to be received. Obviously true bullying isn’t hard to notice; however, kids these days have a twisted sense of humor. They say “I hate you” in response to jokes they think are funny and “I’m going to kill myself/someone else” when things don’t go their way. Some students may misconstrue the words of their classmates as bullying, even if the classmates in question never intended to bully anyone. If schools intervene and try to play the role of cyber police, despite their vigilance, it will be difficult to distinguish between students who are aggressors and students who simply do not watch their words.

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    Because you can’t hear the inflection behind words on a screen, you can never be sure how a message was intended to be received. Obviously true bullyi…

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  • Claire from Indiana

    Cyberbullying is an awful thing. Everyone can agree on that. However, the schools must not be given authority over their student’s lives outside of the classroom. Once schools are given that one authority/responsibility, the fine balance between school, parent, and child will be lost. Ultimately, it is up to the parent to shape their child’s moral values.
    This cyberbullying epidemic is really just a symptom of a deeper problem. Our school system places the teachers and principles at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to discipline.
    Although teachers are given responsibility for their students all day and are often called upon to mediate disagreements, they are not given the authority to discipline those same students. And although parents are generally recognized to be the ones to shape their child’s moral values and discipline them when they do wrong, many parents do not, seeing the school as responsible in that regard. The balance between school, parent, and child must be restored before any progress is made on this issue and others that plague our school system.

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    Cyberbullying is an awful thing. Everyone can agree on that. However, the schools must not be given authority over their student’s lives outside of th…

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  • Ethan from Kansas

    Bullying that happens out side of school should be delt by the parents. It is not the schools responsibility to handle things outside of school. That would be like braking your moms favorite wine glass then getting detention for it at school. Its stupid. The parents should deal with what their kids are doing online. Then they can rationalize on it easier.

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    Bullying that happens out side of school should be delt by the parents. It is not the schools responsibility to handle things outside of school. That …

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    • Emma from South Carolina

      Comparing a broken wine glass to deliberately causing someone else harm? Parents should deal with what their kids do, I agree with that, however bullying and cyberbullying happens all the time. I think that schools should have the right to “punish” the person whose committed the bullying, cause when they don’t it makes it seem as if bullying online is ok and that it is a safe haven for bullying. They can do whatever they want. There should also be more preventative measures that should be taken. Overall the school has responsibility to make sure kids feel safe while they are in classes to learn, when someone is being cyber bullied and everyone is aware, however nothing it done, that creates a bad learning environment.

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      Comparing a broken wine glass to deliberately causing someone else harm? Parents should deal with what their kids do, I agree with that, however bully…

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  • izy from Kansas

    no i do not beleive it should be punished at school because if you are getting bullied on the app then you should delete the app, or even block the people ‘bullying’ you

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    • ermiyas from Tennessee

      I believe the school should be able to punish the cyber bully if it starts to affect the students studies.

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  • jessi from Kansas

    Schools should only get involved if its affecting the school day. Or if the student is afraid to go to school.

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  • Sherianna from Alabama

    It happen on the internet, you should report it to the website it happen on. The school should only get involve if it goes to an in person bullying like face to face. It’s the parents job not the school to teach kids right from wrong.

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    It happen on the internet, you should report it to the website it happen on. The school should only get involve if it goes to an in person bullying li…

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  • Shelby from Kansas

    Cyber bullying should be punishable by schools because it is a school’s job to make sure it’s students are safe. Schools are supposed to intervene in situations where students are being potentially harmed. If schools aren’t punishing cyber bullying, then who will? Who else has that power? No one, that’s another reason why schools need to intervene, because they have the power and reason to.

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    Cyber bullying should be punishable by schools because it is a school’s job to make sure it’s students are safe. Schools are supposed to intervene in …

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  • Jalyn from Georgia

    Although cyber bulling is wrong and can take a toll on students it is an issue that takes place outside off the school’s jurisdiction. If schools were able to punish students for cyber bulling it would be encroaching upon the students rights to freedom of speech. As we know certain rights are surrendered when a student enters the school campus because the school becomes responsible for the well-being of the children while they are in their care, but outside activities should be monitored by parents and in extreme cases the authorities. On the other hand if school resources are being used to cyber bully others or if the cyber bullying is taking place during school hours, then it may be acceptable for school to take action regarding the incident.

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    Although cyber bulling is wrong and can take a toll on students it is an issue that takes place outside off the school’s jurisdiction. If schools were…

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    • Catherine from Minnesota

      I think that if it is a student bullying another student the school should have the right to step in and punish the bully. I understand your point about it happening off campus and should be monitored by parents, but many parents do not monitor that sort of behavior. One way that the schools could handle cyberbullying is to notify the parents to start and then move forward from there. But overall I think when it is between students the school has the right to the step in because bullying can impact a student’s ability in school.

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      I think that if it is a student bullying another student the school should have the right to step in and punish the bully. I understand your point abo…

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  • Kelsey from New York

    School is a place for students of all ethnicity’s and cultures to equally obtain an education and have a chance to make there lives as prosperous as possible. this should be the schools number one focus. if schools are the ones to punish cyber bullying it will turn away heads to schools, schools should stay out of things like this because the personal lives of students is the students and their guardians responsibility. the schools should not get involved in cyber bullying unless it carries over into the child’s school life or the students openly talks to a school councilor.

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    • Corey from West Virginia

      I agree wholly! However, if it carries over to a student’s school life and impedes learning, it should most certainly be punished severely with a very severe sentence. As well – if a student is bullied outside of school, and commits suicide because of cyber bullying, is it still the time to keep it outside of schools? Is enough enough, or should it be punished in schools, to hold back the deaths of students and ones people know and love, children that could have been fathers and mothers or soldiers or journalists or scientists? Or should it be acted upon as though it is typical bullying, something that is not only the job of a councilor yet an entire school’s staff in general? I will not answer the question when talking about the death of a child, but I will leave you with them to answer for yourself; would you rather kill a child because of a school’s lack of power, or allow them to survive a disgruntled yet full childhood which many of us endured?

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      I agree wholly! However, if it carries over to a student’s school life and impedes learning, it should most certainly be punished severely with a very…

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