Utah education board cracks down on bullies

The Utah State Board of Education is cracking down on bullying, including the cyber variety, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. The panel approved a rule on Oct. 2 that defines bullying and hazing so that students will know exactly what is unacceptable. Among other things, the rule forbids any coerced act of a sexual nature, such as the removal of clothes or the exposure or touching of private areas of a body. It also addresses "cyber bullying" through the internet or cell phones, and social aggression such as rumor spreading and name calling. In addition, the policy calls for new reporting and intervention procedures. Utah school districts have until Dec. 1 to implement a bullying and hazing policy…

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