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New Cyberbullying Policy Takes Effect in Delaware Schools

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DOVER, Del. - Students in Delaware head back to school next week. When they return, they will ll be introduced to a new cyberbullying policy.

Students like Jahkira Peart, who attends Central Middle School in Dover, said being bullied isn't fun.

"I go through it a lot and I don't like it at all," Peart said.

Starting next Monday, Delaware schools will follow a new cyberbullying policy. The law, championed by Attorney General Beau Biden and Lt. Governor Matt Denn, aims to better protect kids from online threats.  

According to the law, cyberbullying does not need to originate from a school building or involve the use of school equipment. Part of the law states schools must treat cyber bullying the same as bullying.

Some, like Jahkira's mom, say it is good for schools to take more responsibility, but she will wait and see if leaders follow through.

"From past experience, I've noticed they haven't been following through. It's like falling on deaf ears if you tell them someone is getting bullied," said Diamond Madison, of Dover.

Tonya Guinn, with the Capital School District in Dover, said the extra responsibility staff will be taking will help put a stop to cyber bullying.

"We are obligated to investigate cyber bullying when it involves district technology, whether it's hardware or software. Certain incidents may start in school and then it goes home and it's between people that put different things on people's Facebook pages that we have investigated because the initial incident began in school," said Guinn.
     
For Jahkira, she says she does not want a social media webpage.

"I don't want any trouble at all. I just want to enjoy life," said Peart.

Peart says she wants to enjoy a life without being bullied.

For more information on the Delaware cyberbullying law, log onto www.news.delaware.gov.

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