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Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:53

Cyber-Bullying Is One Of The Top Priorities Of Governor Cuomo

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Governor Cuomo decided that cyber-bullying will be one of his top priorities.

A National Crime Prevention Council survey found that 43% of teens reported having at least some experience with cyber-bullying.

Cuomo thus in particular decided to talk with lawmakers in order to agree on a bill before the Legislature’s session ends in June according to the Daily News.

The New York Daily News reports that legislative sources said "productive, three-way discussions" have taken place between the administration and Senate and Assembly members on ways to protect students from harassment that takes place through electronic communication and social media.

"I think it will get done," said Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell (D-Manhattan). "The governor likes to win, so when the governor says ‘I want to get it done,’ he often gets it done."

Another source with knowledge of the talks was more skeptical, saying: "We are still far apart. It is going to be difficult to get an agreement."

According to the newspaper, O’Donnell has sponsored a bill that would add cyber-bullying provisions to the 2010 Dignity For All Students Act, which required public school districts to produce codes of conduct that banned harassment and discrimination.

That law also required districts to report cases of harassment to the state and develop training and education programs to deal with bullying.

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