May 20, 2010 7:30 PM by Jim Hummel
With cyberbullying legislation nearing final approval in Baton Rouge, an Acadiana family is speaking out about their experiences with cyberbullying. Kathleen Scribner says her granddaughter has been the victim of cyberbullying at Judice Middle School.
"It's not playground bullying," Scribner said.
"They're texting her, saying they're going to kill her in her sleep on the last day of school."
Scribner says her granddaughter was also bullied through her myspace and facebook accounts.
"It's been around forever, but I see much more of it now than I have in previous years," said Maxine Hamilton, supervisor for the Safe and Drug Free Schools program in Lafayette Parish. Hamilton says bullying has changed over the years in part because of technology.
This week House Bill 1259 was approved 4-1 by a Senate judiciary committee. The bill would define cyberbullying as malicious and willful postings, text messages or e-mails. Anyone convicted of cyberbullying could face up to six months and a fine of up to $500. The proposal now goes to the full Senate for debate.
Administrators at Judice Middle School say they do have a strict bullying policy in place, but could not comment on this specific case.
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