House Bill Would Ban Online, Cell Phone Bullying

ATLANTA (AP) - Legislation expanding Georgia's bullying law to
include text messages and social media sites is expected to be
filed this week in the state House.

The legislation would prohibit students from bullying by sending
texts or e-mailing on a cell phone on school property or designated
school places - including bus stops and school functions. It would
also prohibit bullying through social media sites when such acts
could affect the academic environment or are directed specifically
at another student or school personnel.

The legislation is co-sponsored by Democratic Reps. Carolyn
Hugley and Barbara Massey Reece.

Reece says there is more opportunity for bullying through
technology and that children need to be protected in and out of the

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