Bullying of teachers more damaging in online era

The bullying that bus monitor Karen Klein endured on a ride home from an upstate New York school was egregious.

But it shows how student harassment of teachers and administrators has become more spiteful and damaging in the online era.

Much attention has been paid to students who bully other students. But there's equally disturbing behavior by students who harass adults in school.

It's something that's long existed — think about how substitute teachers can be picked on. But it's become increasingly cruel and even dangerous with students' access to advanced technology.

Lawyer Parry Aftab describes a case in Maryland where students posed as their vice principal's twin 9-year-old daughters on pedophile websites. Elsewhere, students logged on to neo-Nazi and white supremacist sites claiming to be Jewish or minority teachers.