Gov. Jerry Brown targets latest trends in student bullying
Gov. Jerry Brown has added "burn pages" to the list of kinds of Internet bullying that can result in California students being suspended or expelled from school.
There have been incidents in which students have created a "burn page" on a social networking site in which they and others write bad things about a peer. That is among the new trends included in the definitions of bullying in legislation signed by Brown.
The measure, authored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose), also says bullying includes the impersonation of a student on the Internet to spur derision of that student and creating fake social network profiles in ways that harass students.
The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, expands on legislation approved last year that said posting messages on a social media site was covered under the state Education Code anti-bullying provisions.
"To me, this bill is about making sure that we are able to preserve the childhood and adolescence of our children," Campos said of AB 1732. "All of us have encountered bullying in one form or another growing up. But today's bullying is a steroid version of what we had to go through."
--Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento
Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown, shown here in a speech earlier this year, has signed new anti-bullying legislation. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times