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?