In Charles R. Waggoner’s article “Cyber Bullying: The Public School Response”, he addresses how some of the public school systems are attempting in putting their best foot forward in the act of stopping cyberbullying. They believe all other bullying in the school system can be immediately intervened on, so now they are moving on to the online world. The school districts can only do so much discipline about certain behaviors, this is why they are trying to pass a no cell phone rule in their schools. They may not be able to intervene on some bullying because of their language but if they take the source away from them while at school then they hope to lower the amount of cyber bullying going on in their schools. Many officials did not support this “solving” problem tactic though. They believed that the students would only find ways to go around the rules and sneak the phones in anyways. They knew the rules against bullying were very flexible so they dug deeper in hopes to find a better solution. Once legislation passed laws against bullying the school systems reached out for more control in the situation as well. Legislation granted them the right to suspend or expel students for cyberbullying. Montana is the only state that does not have laws against cyberbullying. Only eleven states have laws/acts that prohibit cyberbullying specifically to off campus. Most of the state laws only allow schools to discipline the students who are cyberbullies if, and only if, the acts affect the victim’s education. There are piles of cases in this article that support how the schools are unable to follow through with their suspensions. Almost every case that had been taken to court were denied because it was in violation of the student’s First Amendment Rights. Since many schools are having trouble enforcing against bullying they had developed classes that are designed to help the students understand the feelings of others and how their actions affect them. Charles ends the article by stating how the victims of these harsh acts count on all of us to help them, save them.
I can use this article in my paper to support how schools are very limited against these acts in their school systems. This article is also full of statistics I can use to support my argument. This article will only support an aspect of what my paper will consist of, but it’s a good and reliable source that readers will trust.