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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Cyberbully Crackdown

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) School officials are taking steps to keep students from sending threatening electronic messages or taking an online dispute into the classroom.

Administrators have asked school officials to clarify the system's policy on so-called ``cyberbullying.'' Administrators say they are faced with the next generation of student harassment over the Internet and on cell phones.

Next week, Oconee school board members are expected to update the district's code of student conduct to include rules about electronic threats.

The proposed changes would include transmitting threats or taunts through e-mail, instant messages, text messages or Web site and blog posts. The changes also warn against directing other students to a hateful or harassing Internet site or printing out such material and taking it to school.

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