Educators fight back against student cyberbullies

02/24/2008 | Christian Science Monitor, The

As many as 26% of online teen pranks target educators, according to the National School Boards Association, but districts are beginning to fight back, filing civil lawsuits and even criminal charges against cyberbullies who target teachers. "Do I think these kids had any intent to cause harm to the teacher? No, I don't think so," said cybercrimes expert Detective Kenny Lynch, hired by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to handle such complaints. "But there's been teachers that have left the profession or lost their jobs because of lies that have been told about them."

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