Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones but Words Will Get You 10 to 20 - The UpStream

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones but Words Will Get You 10 to 20

posted Sunday Oct 18, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones but Words Will Get You 10 to 20

Anybody here agree with me when I say a little childhood drama builds character? It turns out a middle school in Troy, Missouri doesn't agree. A 9th grade boy at the school was recently arrested for taking his bullying into the digital age. The student created a website about a particular female that he was not particularly fond of because of the company the girl kept. The site had pictures of the girl and several anonymous posts referring to her as a "slut" and that she would be "better off dead." After the female student discovered the site and alerted the school principal the site was taken down but the name consisted of the female students name and ""

Missouri has a strict no bullying policy set in place and it intends to enforce it to the fullest. Currently the case is in the hands of a juvenile court who will decide if the male student can be criminally charged and the reason why law enforcement decided to get involved initially was because the website was "alarming." Aside from this the school has punished the male student but the nature of the punishment has not been disclosed. According to the school the punishment could range from loss of privileges to expulsion.

I think Missouri is well on it's way to becoming the "nanny state" and all electronic communications should be banned there. What they are doing is really unconstitutional even if they have good intentions. I would be careful not to use the internet to convey your negative opinions about this or anything else in that state or they might come after you.

What do you think about their approach to cyber bullying?


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