In cyberspace, bullies don’t even have to be present to torment their victims. In some cases, cyberbullying has even led to suicide. Justin Patchin with the Cyberbullying Research Center says students have the right to learn in a safe environment and California’s new law gives school officials the authority to take action.
"Cyberbullying is the kind of thing, as people know, that crosses from the school into the home, into the community, and so it really necessitates a coordinated kind of response by all parties involved."
~ Justin Patchin, Cyberbullying Research Center
Most school anti-bullying rules are based on traditional bullying like physical and verbal abuse, where victim and tormentor are both present.
The new law covers anything a student can do on-line no matter where they are. California is one of 12 states to have passed similar laws.
More New Laws
(AP) -- California's minimum wage is rising to $9 per hour, providing workers with the first increase since 2008.
California state employees will be getting the first pay raise many of them have had in years starting Tuesday.
A law that extends California’s paid family leave benefit to people caring for grandchildren, grandparents, siblings and in-laws will go into effect July 1. The original law took effect on the same day 10 years ago.
California voters will decide this fall whether some low-level drug and theft offenses should be tried as misdemeanors instead of felonies. Meanwhile, the Legislature and Board of Equalization are pushing policies to help the food industry.
Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking in California no longer have to worry about being fired or discriminated against at their workplace under a new state law now in effect.