Bill aimed at cyberbullying clears Senate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A bill meant to crack down on cyberbullying has cleared the Florida Senate and is headed to Gov. Rick Scott.

The measure was passed by the Senate on a 37-0 vote Monday. It cleared the House earlier, so its next stop is the governor's desk.

The bill (HB 609) would expand the authority of Florida's public schools to discipline students for cyberbullying done through use of a school computer, at the site of a school-sponsored activity or on a school bus.

Supporters say teachers and school administrators need a stronger hand to protect students from online attacks.

The bill defines "cyberbullying" as harassment through the use of computers, technology or electronic communications.

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