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Students, parents rally against cyberbullying

3 years ago Monday, October 03, 2011 3:23:42 PM CDT October 03, 2011 Monday, October 03 2011 Oct 3, 2011 in News
Source: WBRZ

PLAQUEMINE, La.-  Students and parents rallied against cyberbullying today at Iberville Parish Math, Science and Arts Academy West.

More than 800 people at the rally wore shirts with the word "delete." It's a message that stands for delete the digital drama.

Skylar McCormick, a student at MSA West, explained how cyberbullying changed her life.

"I was in another state on vacation and my friends came up to me and they were like, 'Skylar did you see what everyone is saying about you on Facebook?' And I had no idea what was going on...She showed me a false picture that someone had posted that someone said I had sent," Skylar said.

It's stories, like Skylar's, that plague more than half of teens, according to a national survey. That's why Skylar's mom, Candy McCormick, and other parents created the group "Moms on a Mission." Their goal is to encourage students to delete digital drama.

"It all starts with you. So if you delete the digital drama you can set the example for somebody else to do the same thing, and it should spread like wildfire," Kristin Ellis, a student at MSA West, said.

Cyberbullying is against the law in Louisiana. Convicted bullies over the age of 17 face a $500 fine and up to six months in jail. Younger offenders will undergo counseling.

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