Cyberbullying: A Case Study at Robert J. Mitchell Junior/Senior High School

Michael J. Heymann (SUNY Plattsburgh, USA) and Heidi L. Schnackenberg (SUNY Plattsburgh, USA)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 8
EISBN13: 9781466603608|DOI: 10.4018/JCIT.2011100101
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Abstract

Robert J. Mitchell Junior/Senior High School is a small institution located in central New York. Although generally minimal behavior problems occur at the school, currently cyberbullying is on the rise. One of the students, James, was recently a victim of cyberbullying. A picture of him was posted on a social networking site, which initiated a barrage of cruel text messages and emails. Although James didn’t tell anyone about the incident, another student complicit in some of the bullying, Sarah, confessed to him. Sarah and James then went to their teacher, Mr. Moten, to tell him about the bullying and that they thought another student was responsible for creating the social networking site and posting the picture. Without the benefit of a school or district cyberbullying policy, Mr. Moten then attempts to figure out what to do to help James and stop the harassment.
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