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Gov. Rick Scott signs antibullying bill into law

In the battle against bullying, many school principals complained that they had no authority to deal with students who did most of their bullying away from campus yet brought the aftermath to school.

Florida lawmakers sought to give the principals more control by saying they could discipline students for off-campus cyberbullying "if the bullying substantially interferes with or limits the victim's ability to ticipate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by a school or substantially disrupts the education process or orderly operation of a school."

Schools would not have to look for such activity, but could act upon it if presented with evidence.

Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law on Thursday. It will take effect on July 1, and districts will have to revise their policies to reflect the update of the 2008 antibullying law.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 2:33pm]


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