While school bullying may not have received that much attention from a historical perspective, recent events have led policy-makers, researchers, the media and the general public to focus more attention on this growing problem. In particular, cyberbullying is rising at a rapid rate and can no longer be treated as harmless playground behavior.
Unfortunately, under the current legal system, the courts appear to be reluctant to find that cyberbullying causes a substantial disruption in the school, except for a few extreme cases, because of the belief that the public is best served by a dissemination of ideas. The legal system needs to catch up with the times and realize that there is a difference between valuable political speech that is protected by the First Amendment and worthless cyberbullying speech that should not be protected by the First Amendment.
"Restorative Justice For The Victims Of School Bullying: How Far Does The Law Go?,"
North East Journal of Legal Studies: Vol. 32
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/nealsb/vol32/iss1/5