Mass. Senate Debates Cyberbullying Bill

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The Massachusetts Senate is scheduled to debate a bill designed to clamp down on school bullies, reported.

The bill would prohibit bullying at schools and discourage so-called cyberbullying by prohibiting the use of e-mails, text messages, Internet postings and other electronic means to create a hostile school environment.

Administrators would be required to publish an anti-bulling policy and create an anti-bullying curriculum for students.

School principals would also be required to report bullies to police if the principal believes that criminal charges could be pursued.

The push for anti-bullying legislation has gained momentum following the suicides of students in South Hadley and Springfield who were allegedly tormented by classmates.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.