Langevin encourages student action against cyberbullying

Providence, RI – Congressman Jim Langevin will meet with students at Ferri Middle School in Johnston today to raise awareness about cyberbullying.

Langevin will talk with 8th grade students about the impact of cyberbullying and challenge them to start a campaign against it.

A new committee on cyberbullying has proposed legislation that requires training for teachers to help them respond to students who claim they're being targeted.

The legislation would also make online harassment a misdemeanor, and a felony on second offense.

A recent national study of teens reports 64 percent say bullying is a problem in schools and communities. Rhode Island is one of 42 states that require a school policy on bullying, but it lacks legislation on cyberbullying.

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