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article image11 students suspended for cyber-bullying

By Brandigal (Donna)     Feb 12, 2007 in Crime
11 students at a Toronto Catholic High School were suspended for cyber bullying of their principal.
11 students were suspended for 8 days from Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School for cyber bullying of their principal Edward McMahon.
They used the site Facebook.com and more and more students logged onto "McMahon ... Grinch of School Spirit,"
The venting became very vulgar resulting in sexually explicit, derogatory and demeaning remarks being posted about him.
The students were amongst the school's leaders, one being a top athlete and another on the student council.
The students were upset because electonic devices were banned and uniforms had to be worn, so they blamed the principal.
Under the "Catholic Code of Conduct," cyber bullying anyone can get you up to 20 days suspension.
Some students claim they were suspended for simply calling him an idiot. Others claim they were suspended for saying they supported lifting the ban but did not support a riot was also suspended.
Those students say they have a right to their opinion and should not be suspended for voicing it.
They say they did not post anything bad.
Bruce Campbell, spokesman for the school board, said he was unaware of anyone being suspended for simply calling the principal an idiot. it's one thing to complain about your teacher or principal, but "you're taking it to a whole new level when you're putting it out there on the Internet."
Some parents complained the suspension was a little heavy until they read the posted material and then they took back their complaints.
I think this is a good thing, it shows students that they cannot get away with bullying people, whether it be students or adults, online or in person.
There is alot of this going on, it just does not always result in suspension when done to other students it seems.
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