Cyberbullying Beyond the School-Gate: Does Every Student Deserve a National Standard of Protection?
“The world would be a better place without you.” “Megan Meier is Fat.” Those are the words that thirteen-year-old Megan Meier read on her computer the day she chose to end her life after months of torment from online bullies. Cyberbullying is a real and prevalent issue among today’s youth, and sadly, Megan is not the only victim of its harsh consequences, as students across the United States are victimized daily by their peers because of cyberbullying.
Forty-nine states currently have anti-bullying laws that allow or require school administrations to intervene and discipline students who initiate bullying at school. However, modern-day bullying can go beyond the school-gate. Today’s grade school generation has an undoubtedly wide array of access to Internet communication through social media, mobile texting, computer chat rooms, and a variety of other digital sources.