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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Bullies, lockdowns, and bomb threats are not an issue for high school students signing up for an alternative form of education.

Getting a high school diploma online is a growing trend throughout parts of the country.  Officials from an online high schoool were in the Tri-Cities explaining the benefits of turning to the web to get an education over the weekend.  

Last year, 500 Washington students signed up for Insight School of Washington, which is an online public high school.

School Officials said it is not for most students but they do believe it is the best option for some teenagers. 

Bill Finkbeiner, Executive Director of Insight School of Washington said, "Some students are harassed, some students find high school very emotionally difficult and for some of those students they can find that an online school is the right solution."

He said the online high school gets students from all different backgrounds.  He gave examples of teenage parents, kids that are picked on and students with disabilities.  He said there are even student athletes who spend five to six hours a day practicing their sport and find that an online high school education is more suitable for them.

Some parents said that they think students belong in the traditional high school.  Others said they thought that getting a high school degree online was too much time spent on the computer and that it would hinder the social development of a teen.

There is no cost the the online high school and it is considered a public education.  Students receive a free laptop and printer.  For more information go