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Duval County School Board taking action on cyberbullying

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Updated: 10/24/2013 11:14 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County School Board is going line by line, making sure it has a cyber bullying policy that follows new state guidelines amended by the governor.

"What the state went back and did this last spring was to make sure that the law included cyber bullying," said Prevention Counselor Brenda Lane.

Lane says Duval County already restricted online bullying, but now its policy will be more strict and will include computers and other devices students use at home.

"What this new amendment did, was it actually did include any electronic device, it could be a cellphone, your home computer. So it's broadened the jurisdiction of what we can use to decide if a case of bullying has happened," said Lane.

Some parents say this change comes at a perfect time.

A Winter Haven teen, Rebecca Sedwick, committed suicide last month after authorities say her death followed months of online bullying by two girls. The two girls now face felony charges.

Parent Denisha Bryant says this story makes her worried for her own kids.

She thinks the school board needed this.

"I think about it all the time. I have a daughter and a son so I think about it all the time," said Bryant.

School board leaders tell me they will be having a school board meeting to approve the policy Dec. 9.

The meeting will be open to the public.
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