In North Carolina, children and teens aren’t the only victims of bullying. On the Internet, teachers report being tormented and provoked by students.
As per a new law, cyberbullying with the “intent to intimidate or torment a school employee” is now a criminal misdemeanor. The School Violence Protection Law of 2012 that recently passed places teacher-bullying provisions in ink.
By holding students responsible for their actions online, supporters of the bill hope to curb harassment of school employees on the Internet.
One in six educators report experiencing cyberbaiting, according to a Norton survey of 2,279 teachers in 24 countries. In some instances, students attempt to provoke school employees to near-breakdown. It’s a growing phenomenon inside and outside the classroom.
The Classroom Teachers Association of North Carolina lobbied for the new law to protect teachers degraded by students. Faculty members are continually charged with false accusations by students, the non-profit group’s president Judy Kidd tells Mashable.
“We had students who were lying about teachers, then they were publishing things that were untrue,” says Kidd, a high-school teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “There was nothing there to have any recourse, yet teacher was the one who was suffering.”
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