Alabama Parents Concerned About Effects of Cyber Bullying
Cyber bullying is running rampant among children and with no cyber bullying law in the state, there may be less protection for victims than you think.
Bullying used to be limited to just the school bus or the lunch room, but now it's something that kids are taking home with them and they have to live with every hour of every day. The problem some parents are finding is that there are really no laws in Alabama that specifically deal with cyber bullying.
These are the faces of parents concerned for their child's life. Arlene Durham and Mike Kornosky say they are at their breaking point.
Where do the schools step in?
Deputy Chief Derrick Cunningham with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, says online threats can still fall under harrassment.
"Law enforcement can step in at any time," said Cunningham, "If they are writing notes, keep those notes and give it to an adult. You need to have some evidence too because you never know how far this may go."
In 2009, the Student Harrassment Prevention Act was signed into law which required schools to develop policies to deal with harassment, including electronic harrassment, but again that doesn't include off campus behaviors.
Only seven states in the United States currently have laws that do require sanctions for cyber bullying off campus.
The Alabama Department of Education has created a website to educate teachers, students, and parents about bullying. You can find it here http://alex.state.al.us/stopbullying/.