LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Democratic Michigan lawmaker is backing an effort aimed at preventing cyber-bullying in schools.
A bill recently introduced by Democratic Rep. Theresa Abed of Grand Ledge would require schools to expand their policies prohibiting bullying to also include cyber-bullying. It would also mandate that schools report cyber-bullying incidents to the Michigan Department of Education.
School districts would use a form developed by the Education department to report all bullying and cyber-bullying incidents every year.
Abed says in a statement that Michigan needs to expand the bully law to "recognize the seriousness of cyber-bullying." She says many students have become very technologically-savvy, which means they sometimes use smartphones and computers to bully one another.