Cyberbullying Concerns Prompt Cell Phone Restrictions at Maine Middle School

Summary: This article reports on a decision to restrict the use of cellphones at Lewiston Middle School in Maine in the hopes of reducing cyberbullying.  The decision resulted from the deaths of two students and reports that cell phones were used to bully during school hours.

Source: Linda Jacobson, Education DIVE, September 1, 2017

Categories: Anti-Bullying, Code of Conduct, Student Behavior, Mental Health


Following the deaths of two students last school year, one of which was a suicide, school officials saw inappropriate, hurtful posts on social media during school hours, the article says. Under the new rules, students will first be given a verbal warning, the second offense will result in confiscation, and the third will require a parent to pick up the phone from the office. 

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