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Police Captain: “A 24/7 Problem”

August 13, 2012


Cyberbullying increasingly a law enforcement issue
Teens often don’t understand ramifications
By Tim Ryan
tryan@shawanoleader.comOne day last fall, students at Shawano Community High School were buzzing about word that a fight was going to take place after school. Notice of the fight had been posted on Facebook and word spread from there.

Associate Principal Steve Linssen was notified and brought in the two students responsible for the posting.

As it turned out, there was no fight planned.

“It was really a social experiment by these two boys,” Linssen said. “What they were really doing was trying to see the magnitude of Facebook and how many people would start asking them about this fight.”

As the buzz spread and started to disrupt classes, they realized their experiment had gotten out of hand, Linssen said.

Not all Facebook postings turn out to be so harmless. In some cases, the harassment and bullying that was once confined to the schoolyards has moved on to the Internet.

Most schools have adopted anti-bullying programs that address cyberbullying. Students also face repercussions for inappropriate use of technology — everything from having their cell phones confiscated to expulsion. The more serious cases, such as cyberbullying, are referred to law enforcement.

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