Bullying - A hate crime?
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Bullying - A hate crime?
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"Sticks and stones" has taken on a whole new meaning in this age of cyberspace.

The number of "reported" cases is on the rise throught not only our country but worldwide..  Playground bullies have now taken to the anonymity of the computer. They no  longer have to bully a fellow student face to face but can use Twitter, Facebook or youtube to inflict a new kind of terrorism. 

The approach to dealing with this new phenomenan has been hampered by the Supreme Court's lack of decicions in the attempt to protect our First Amendment Rights. 

The bullying contributes to severe mental abuse but there has been instances where the abused has committed suicide. 

In "Dealing with Cyberbullies" published in the Daily Times Online News, Educators agree the tendency for bullying has increased, especially with girls.  Boys are more likely to settle their differences with physical confrontations.  According to the teachers interviewed, young people still learning boundaries and restraints, need to be educated as to the devastating effects of this behavior.  The advise in the article demands that children be taught through educators, parents and society at large on such matters.  Educators are reluctant to deal with this issure as many decisions have favored the defendent. 

Such a decision appeared in the case of Draker vs. Schreiber, 2008 WL 3457023 (Tex. App. Court 2008). The appeals court followed suit and threw the lawsuit out of court. A high school principal sued 2 students who posted her personal information on the MySpace website.  The court ruled the statements were not assertions of fact and could be verified. 

Senator Rupp appeared on the Dr, Phil show in response to public outrage over the case of a teenage girl who was bullied by her classmates and committed suicide.  Senator Rupp assured Dr. Phil that this problem needed to be addressed and subsequently stopped.  DR. Phil wanted to know how they were going to accomplish this without steppping on everyone's First Amendment rights.  Senator Rupp's answer was that the prosecutors needed the correct tools and the Government needed to furnish them.

Appearing in the Minneapolis post was an article concerning a student at Rutgers who had placed a videocam to record his gay roommate's activities.  The video went to Twitter .  The case drew national attention as is not only was about someone's privacy being  infringed upon but it also gay-bullying. Tyler Clementi eventually took his own life Dharum Ravi posted the film on the internet and dared his classmates to watch the video. He also wrote derrogatory texts about Mr. Clementi. Mr Clementi informed his professors and counselors regarding the video with no results.  Mr. Ravi was found guilty and given 30 days in jail, 300 hours community service and fined $10,000. The case is now being appealed by Mr. Ravi, lawyers who claim Mr Ravi lacked aforethought in his actions.

Under the students-take-cyberbullying, the teachers asked the students about cyber-bullying in their school and were told the halls were safe until they heard a lecture by an expert in the field.  The students changed their point of view and are now working toward legislation to protect the victims. 

In the case of cyber bullying, the court needs to gear legislation toward protecting the victims. /The First Amendent cannot be re-written but llaws can be passed to afford the victims more rights. The language should demonstrate malice and aforethought.    .  

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