The North Penn School Board education, community, and policy committee recently gathered to discuss bullying because the district is required by the Safe Schools Law to review its anti-bullying policy periodically. School Board President Vincent Sherpinsky suggested that the district update its policy to include language to help it prevent cyber bullying among students, such as posting nasty messages on Facebook or other social media sites. Assistant Superintendent Diane Holben said that administrators could work with the district’s solicitor to draft a policy.
The law at the moment does not give the school district much control over what students do off campus unless it affects students during the school day, noted Diane Holben. Whether the school district has the authority to stop something that is occurring in cyber space is a “very big deal,” said Sherpinsky. “Things can happen online.”
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