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Kennewick School District cracks down on cyber bullying

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Wednesday night the Kennewick School Board unanimously passed a policy that cracks down on cyber bullying.

Cyber bullying includes sending hurtful messages to students through text messaging, Facebook, Myspace or email. The policy would allow the district to investigate and discipline the students for cyber bullying whenever a statement or message threatens another student.

The school district says their number one goal is student safety and now days a lot of the bullying has gone on-line. "Stuff that goes on away from school you would think, why is the school involved in it? But, it tends to spill back into the school because that is the common ground where they see each other and run into to things. And so parents need to be more aware of what are kids doing with their cell phones, their Facebook page and monitor that pretty closely," said Ron Williamson, Kennewick Assistant Superintendent. 

Williamson says the district will hold a training session for teachers and staff over the summer. The training will give them the chance to learn different strategies to fight cyber bullying.