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Cyberbullying leads to student suspensions

Jan. 16, 2010 at 1:21 PM   |   Comments

SEATTLE, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A Seattle public schools spokeswoman said 28 students at a local middle school were suspended following allegations they bullied a fellow classmate online.

Schools spokeswoman Patti Spencer said an investigation this week by school administrators found a Facebook page targeting the victim, leading to suspensions for suspected students ranging from two to eight days, The Seattle Times reported Friday.

The parents of the suspended students, whose identities were not released, were also contacted by school officials and school assemblies are being planned to discuss appropriate Internet usage.

Lisa Fitch, co-president of the parent-teacher-student association for McClure Middle School, said she learned the Facebook page sought individuals who did not like the victim to sign up for the online page. The victim's identity was not released.

Fitch told the Times she applauded the way school officials responded to the Facebook page, which she doubted stayed up for more than a day.

"In middle school, they're very young and they're going to make mistakes, and I commend the school for dealing with it," Fitch said.

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