Is Cyber-Bullying A Crime?
from the how-is-the-internet-different-from-a-bathroom-wall? dept
A good article over at Salon looking at the various recent cases of cyber bullying where school officials tend to overreact. They point out that a lot of what’s happening online is no different in reality than scribblings on the bathroom wall, except that they’re not even on school property. Yet schools jump the gun and call the police in on a lot of these cases. Mostly, it seems as though school officials just don’t understand the internet. Of course, some of these cases go beyond standard bullying, and the article points out that students certainly can (and perhaps should) sue for libel – but, the schools themselves should have no part in the lawsuit (or in punishing the students).