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No CMS students charged with cyberbullying teachers

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools hasn’t yet charged any students under a recent law making online harassment of teachers a criminal offense, said Detective Kenneth Lynch of the CMS police.

The cyberbullying law, which took effect Dec. 1, makes it a misdemeanor for students to commit various online offenses against school employees, such as creating false profiles, signing them up for Internet porn or posting personal images and private information.

Lynch said the district didn’t encounter any incidents that rose to the level of a crime. For instance, one student photographed a teacher in class, then posted it on Facebook with “not-so-nice comments.” But CMS staff talked to the parents and got it taken down.

He said he’s also gotten reports of students creating “parody” Twitter accounts with names similar to teachers or administrators. That wouldn’t fall under the law, he said, and most have disappeared quickly after he signs up as a follower – on his CMS police account (@CMSpolice).

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