A new statewide anti-bullying policy that goes into effect July 1 extends rules about student conduct beyond the school yard, holding students accountable for “vulgar or offensive speech” online if it disrupts school.
Although sexual orientation was not an issue in the legal case, the West Virginia Board of Education policy specifically noted that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students are often bullied. That sparked opposition to the policy from certain groups.
Kevin McCoy, president of the West Virginia Family Foundation, said the high court’s ruling is a setback but not a blockade to those who oppose the policy. The group says the policy intrudes on the private lives of children.
“Does this make it a little more difficult for us? A little,” McCoy said. “But it definitely does not close the door to any future challenge.”