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Tougher anti-bullying law comes up hearing

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)   A tougher law against bullying school kids online will be discussed today at a public hearing at the State Capitol. The Senate Education Committee will take testimony on a bill making it illegal to make public posts on sites like Facebook, if the messages threaten to harm any person or property. The bill also requires the state's education agency to update its model school policy on bullying, to include electronic threats.

School boards throughout the state use the model policy to help with their own anti-bullying policies have been required by law for some time. Senate Democrat Tim Cullen of Janesville proposed the new measure. It adds to a current law which bans e-mail and other electronic messages which intend to frighten, threaten, abuse, harass, or intimidate another person.