Teachers and Legislators Work to Find Ways to Combat Cyber Bullying
Published September 20th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- US Senator Bill Nelson is offering to tackle the problem of cyber bullying by sponsoring new federal legislation.
The recent action is in response to the death of 12 year old Polk County student Rebecca Ann Sedwick after months of cyber bullying.
Lawmakers have waited six years to see progress in the re-authorization of the No Child Left Behind Act which covers areas including bullying.
Rather than wait for change, Florida teachers and lawmakers are taking the next step on their own.
Nelson spoke on the Senate floor Thursday saying that amendments to federal bullying law in the No Child Left Behind Act have been stalled.
Sen. Bill Nelson says, "Congress is crippled by gridlock and for the last six years has been unable to pass any education bill that contains anti cyber bullying language."
Rather than wait for changes Nelson is willing to sponsor a bill on anti cyber bullying if it means swifter results.
An investigation into the 15 girls reported to be involved with the cyber bullying of Sedwick is ongoing.
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