DeWitt works to battle cyber-bullying

By Connor Clark
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — As social media works to connect people and ideas, advanced technology finds itself in the hands of young adults, and issues of cyber-bullying and sexting have risen for the City of DeWitt and DeWitt Township. Bruce Ferguson, police chief for the City of DeWitt, warns young adults to watch what they say and do online and on social media. “Kids don’t realize that what they think is private, isn’t really private,” Ferguson said. Although complete case numbers have not yet be compiled, according to Ferguson, the frequency of young adult cases on cyber-bullying and blackmailing have risen sharply in previous years. Some cases have involved threats of suicide.

Experts say federal law not enough to curb sexual harassment in schools

Capital News Service
LANSING—Sexual harassment is a problem in Michigan schools and experts say little is done about it. Under Title IX, the federal law that deals with sexual harassment, schools are required to have a policy that covers such discrimination, said Brad Banasik, legal counsel for the Michigan Association of School Boards. Schools have reporting requirements and a legal obligation to end the harassment. Banasik said suspensions and expulsions are common ways sexual harassment is dealt with in schools. Despite the federal law, a national study found that 48 percent of students in grades 7 through 12 experienced sexual harassment in the 2010-2011 school year.