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New NC laws, kids cyberbullying teachers outlawed

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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Nearly two dozen new laws taking effect on Saturday include one that extends a North Carolina crime against cyberbullying to also protect school employees.

The law threatens criminal penalties against students who use a computer to intimidate or torment school employees. Cyberbullying is already illegal when children are targeted.

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina said the law may be the first of its kind in the country, and the civil rights group says it intends a court challenge. ACLU-NC Policy Director Sarah Preston says students have written nasty things about teachers since time began, and that shouldn't be illegal just because it's online.

Another new law allows a judge to erase the nonviolent criminal record of an adult able to demonstrate a blameless life for 15 years.

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Unequal

It looks like the ACLU is saying while it is illegal for a teacher to bully students, and say hurtful things about them online, it is ok for students to say anything they want about teachers, true or not. I wonder why it is ok for a student to bully a teacher? Children will lie because they are made to do what they are told. They will say anything to deflect the problem away from themselves. Teachers do not have to take crap off a student just because they are children. State law already says a teacher can use reasonable force to defend themselves, protect a student from another student, or to keep them from destroying property. I work in another county in NC, and I do not put up with any crap from a student, and I would encourage any and all teachers to use this law if they find a student posting things about them online.