Michigan Schools Now Required to Address Cyberbullying
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In a new bill signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, school districts will be required to have a cyberbullying policy. They will also be required to report all data to the state.
The anti-bullying bill was one of 21 signed by Snyder on Tuesday.
During the most recent lame duck session, the Legislature approved the measure. There were several supporters of the legislation. They said that it addressed gaps in a 2011 law that required schools to have an anti-bullying policy, cyberbullying was not addressed at that time.
It has been found that the majority of bullying today is done through social media and texting. Some that are opposing the law say that it is not the schools responsibility to monitor bullying that is done off campus.