Student Fights Record of ‘Cyberbullying’

CAROL’S SUMMARY: Katherine Evans is sueing her high school, wanting her three-day expulsion for bashing her English teacher online removed from her record. Her lawyer, Matthew Bavaro, says the suspension violated Evans’s right to free speech. But Pamela Brown, assistant director for the Broward County School District, says that inviting others to join in hating a teacher crosses the line.

Questions to consider:
1. What do you consider to be cyberbullying?
2. Do you know who to go to if someone is cyberbullying you?


By CARMEN GENTILE, Posted February 8, 2009 at

MIAMI — Katherine Evans said she was frustrated with her English teacher for ignoring her pleas for help with assignments and a brusque reproach when she missed class to attend a school blood drive.

So Ms. Evans, who was then a high school senior and honor student, logged onto the networking site Facebook and wrote a rant against the teacher, Sarah Phelps.

“To those select students who have had the displeasure of having Ms. Sarah Phelps, or simply knowing her and her insane antics: Here is the place to express your feelings of hatred,” she wrote.

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