TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Senate panel has unanimously passed a bill that would include "cyberbullying" under the state's anti-bullying law.
The Judiciary committee cleared the bill (SB 626) on Monday. The House already has passed its version of the bill.
The bill extends protection from bullying when it is done using computers connected to the Internet. Bullying using computers off of school grounds has to "substantially interfere with or limit" a student's in-school activities to be covered. It's also covered if it disrupts the educational process.
Sixteen other states' anti-bullying laws already address cyberbullying.
The state defines bullying as "inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress." School districts already have to adopt policies prohibiting bullying and other harassment in schools.