Pulling the plug on cyber-bullying

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)"Cell phones, Ipods, email, facebook," said Paragould High School Assistant Principal, Kevin Gill.

It's technology that's part of our everyday lives, but with the good, also comes danger.

"We address it with students in general assembly at the beginning of the year, and it's also in our handbook," said Gill.

Paragould High School Assistant Principal Kevin Gill is talking about cyber-bullying

"We don't want anybody to be bullied," said Gill.

Gill says there is a no tolerance policy for cyber-bullying throughout the district.

"If we have the belief that that's going on, then we address it with some sort of punishment," said Gill.

Gill says in some ways addressing cyber-bullying is a bit easier than face to face bullying.

"When you put something in per say print--that's something that doesn't lie--it's there," said Gill.

Gill says with cyber-bullying being a hot topic, administrators stress to students to think about what they put into cyberspace before they hit the send button.

"If they've sent it from one number, phone number to another, it's there, the proofs in the pudding," said Gill.

Gill says punishment for bullying, online or otherwise, happens on a case by case basis--with the minimum being a warning, and maximum could result in expulsion.

"Responsibility comes with it and sometimes they're going to make mistakes and you hope it's a minor one and they learn from that and they don't repeat they're mistakes," said Gill.

According to stop cyber bulling dot org, parents need to watch all of their children's online activities, attend school events or public meetings where cyber bullying is addressed, urge kids to tell someone if there's something wrong at school, and if you see an unusually high amount of texts coming in, there could be a problem.

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