SALEM -- A cyber bullying bill passed theOregon Senate Tuesday. If signed into law, the bill would require schools to report cases of cyber bullying to district leaders.
There are many children who don't want to go to school because of the devastation of being cyber bullied from their friends, said Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, one of the bill's co-sponsors.
As itstands right now it is not mandatory for schools toreport harassment.
School districts have to bemandatory reporters, said Monnes Anderson. Set up a system that would require volunteers and teachers to report any cyber bullying.
I'm glad to see the Senate doing something about it, added JimHanson, apsychologist at Lincoln High School in SWPortland.
For several years now students at Lincoln have stood up against bullying with ananti-bullying program. Hanson believes Senate bill 240 would help with that.
Ithink a lot of our students are dealing with Facebook bullying, text bullying, said Hanson.
Senate bill 240 now goes to the House.If passed there, it will go to the Governor's desk for his signature.