By: Elizabeth Nickerson
September 25, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Florida has now made it law to train parents and their children on Cyber bullying. The Leon County School District's Director of Intervention Sevices says, bullying is being taken to a new level on the Internet.
"Not a face to match up or connect with what is being put out their on social media, so the degree of severity can be pretty harsh," said Kathleen Rodgers, Leon County Schools, Director of Intervention Services
Each school in the state has federal funding to create anti-bullying programs. Each school in Leon County has appointed a guidance counselor specifically for bullying cases. The Florida law defines bullying as, "inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more student."
In the law, it says each school should deal with the student who is causing conflict in a case-by-case bases.
"It's ridiculous to have to pass a law for something that should be taught in the home," said Bill May a Tallahassee Resident. "It's a result of poor parenting."
The district is even finding ways to combat the violence within the school by creating a contest to find the best anti-bullying poster.
"It's a zero tolerance in our campuses," said Rodgers.
To learn more about cybertraining in the Leon County School District or guidance on cyber bullying, go to, www.leon.k12.fl.us