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State Passes Tougher Anti-Bullying Law

WTVO/WQRF - Stiffer laws could put an end to cyber-bullying before the school year begins.

WTVO/WQRF - Stiffer laws could put an end to cyber-bullying before the school year begins.

Some students say they've never been bullied on social media, but they know lots of friends who have.

The governor signed a law to protect students across the state by banning cyber-bullying outside the classroom. The new law, which builds on previous legislation bans cyber-bullying in schools.

It will help ensure students aren't bullied through electronic means whether they're at school or home. For many students, the new law is a great start.

It applies to devices not owned or used by a school and requires a school's anti-bullying policy to include an investigation for any act of bullying which causes a disruption to a school's operations or educational process.

The governor recently signed a bill requiring all public schools to develop and implement an anti-bullying policy. Both laws take effect January 1, 2015.

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