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Lawmakers support cyber-bully legislation - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 24 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jan 31, 2010, titled Lawmakers support cyber-bully legislation - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Laws governing the dangers of cyber-bullying are well past due, state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, D-Leominster, said Friday.

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Since: Jan 10

Salem, MA

#1 Jan 31, 2010
"I'd like to see a no-tolerance policy on bullying, that says if you're identified as a bully, you have to face consequences,"

That's all wonderful but who are the score keepers who are going to judge this and is it going to be made up of soccer moms or just plain do-gooders?

State Rep. Lewis Evangelidis, R-Holden, said bullying has gone well beyond the "traditional" methods of name-calling, rumors and playground fights and has "changed into something that is not as easy to observe."

Typical republican comment. Just what does he mean by "well beyond"?
Rogers Daddy

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Jan 31, 2010
Roger Anderson wrote:
"I'd like to see a no-tolerance policy on bullying, that says if you're identified as a bully, you have to face consequences,"
That's all wonderful but who are the score keepers who are going to judge this and is it going to be made up of soccer moms or just plain do-gooders?
State Rep. Lewis Evangelidis, R-Holden, said bullying has gone well beyond the "traditional" methods of name-calling, rumors and playground fights and has "changed into something that is not as easy to observe."
Typical republican comment. Just what does he mean by "well beyond"?
Typical liberal idiot. What's wrong Roger, if there's no money being given to the layabouts it's not a worthwhile program?

1st of the month is coming, you must be excited your welfare check is in the mail. You should come on here and thank those of us that are employed that enable you to live off the public dole.
what a joke

Fitchburg, MA

#3 Jan 31, 2010
If the legislature would maybe do their jobs for once we could nip this in the bud right now,not 5 years later and more children being dead.
The penalty should be immeadiate expulsion no second chances.
rasberry

Orange, MA

#4 Jan 31, 2010
Roger Anderson wrote:
"I'd like to see a no-tolerance policy on bullying, that says if you're identified as a bully, you have to face consequences,"
That's all wonderful but who are the score keepers who are going to judge this and is it going to be made up of soccer moms or just plain do-gooders?
State Rep. Lewis Evangelidis, R-Holden, said bullying has gone well beyond the "traditional" methods of name-calling, rumors and playground fights and has "changed into something that is not as easy to observe."
Typical republican comment. Just what does he mean by "well beyond"?
and your a typical democrat

Since: Jan 10

Salem, MA

#5 Jan 31, 2010
Rogers Daddy wrote:
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Typical liberal idiot. What's wrong Roger, if there's no money being given to the layabouts it's not a worthwhile program?
1st of the month is coming, you must be excited your welfare check is in the mail. You should come on here and thank those of us that are employed that enable you to live off the public dole.
Thanks for the money, but if you keep calling me a "typical liberal idiot" I will have your privileges taking away. BOO HOO HOO. Your so mean you brought a tear to my eye.
By the way they took one of my kids off of my "welfare check" because he just turned 18. Also if you extrapolate the cost of living increases I'm coming pretty close to $1,000,000 by the time I hit 65.
Your boyz bush and cheney should have thought of those bills before they got two stupid wars going because the bills for PTSD claims and wounds much worse than mine haven't come in yet, and I can't see how fiscal conservatives like yourself and brownie are going to tell them people we no longer give benefits to combat wounded veterans. I want to see that one. By the way I too refer to it as my "welfare check", but if you want to see the physical scars I'll show you. Now stop bullying me or I'll tell your mommy.
Also remember RLTW

Since: Jan 10

Salem, MA

#6 Jan 31, 2010
rasberry wrote:
<quoted text>and your a typical democrat
That's right and there isn't a damn thing you can do about it unless you want a good ass kicking. Oh' Damn call louie and tell him I went over the line.
I can't believe you called me a Typical Democrat, Oh my god I'm in fear for my life there's a republican hiding in ambush behind every tree. Oh damn the sky is falling,it's probably a good thing I'm in a shelter because all them "STUPID" republicans are behind the tree's the sky is going to hit.
In typical "Liberal Democrat" fashion I'm just going to say:
"Padre forgive them because them dumb asses don't know what they do."
Resident

Fitchburg, MA

#7 Jan 31, 2010
It gives us great pleasure to read the rants of democrats angry with the fact that Ted Kennedy's seat went toa Republican. Your anger and vitrol are sustaining us. And this is just the beginning. Change is coming, and it's not the change Obama promised you.

I'd be angry too if I voted for Obama and he failed on just about every campaign promise. You were sold a bill of goods. I never thought there would be a President in my lifetime who would make Bush look good but Obama is getting there. And he's only 1 year onto his term.
Stamos

New Port Richey, FL

#8 Jan 31, 2010
"Hard Cases, it is said, make bad law"
-John Campbell Argyll

What the heck, let's just make a law outlawing stupidity:$1,000 fine or 30 days in jail. We can then reduce taxes and employ half the population building and running the jails needed to incarcerate the other half.
Phil

Ottawa, Canada

#9 Jan 31, 2010
a 15 year old has died from bulling and all you guys have got to say is a democrat virus repliblican rant .these problems go way beyond petty politics .I mean really you guys have nothing else to add to this besides Obamma virus Bush
Mike

Leominster, MA

#10 Jan 31, 2010
"cyber bully"??? This sounds like the beginning of yet another bit of reactionary legislation that would end up eroding even more of the freedoms granted to us in the Constitution. I am sorry that this girl died, my heart goes out to her family. The answer, however, is not to pass a law that encroaches on the freedom that a lot of other people have died to obtain and protect.

Since: Jan 10

Salem, MA

#11 Feb 1, 2010
Resident wrote:
It gives us great pleasure to read the rants of democrats angry with the fact that Ted Kennedy's seat went toa Republican. Your anger and vitrol are sustaining us. And this is just the beginning. Change is coming, and it's not the change Obama promised you.
I'd be angry too if I voted for Obama and he failed on just about every campaign promise. You were sold a bill of goods. I never thought there would be a President in my lifetime who would make Bush look good but Obama is getting there. And he's only 1 year onto his term.
Why should we be angry it just shows Democracy works. It doesn't matter that the only think he can do is bring the legislative process to a grinding halt and than say the Democrats did nothing. That could backfire , because people like yourself sat government is to big, but you don't have a clue on how to make it slower.
Do you think honestly think the head of the Worcester Tea Party want's to get rid of the SBA.
Getting back to this stupid law it sounds wonderful but what are the parameters? Evangelides should really keep on keeping his mouth shut because in the last two weeks he's come out with a reworded John Keller statement and now this vague concern over something they haven't even clearly defined.
Mom been there

Sterling, MA

#12 Feb 1, 2010
Unless you have been a child or parent who has had to deal with teasing/bullying/harrassment, then you really do not have any clue how this affects the whole family.

I definitely believe something needs to be done. I don't know if it should be government laws, stricter school discipline, parent involvment or just plain common sense.

I do have to commend one of the middle schools in Leominster which did act accordingly when my daughter started to be bullied/harrassed by fellow students. But she was one of the few that felt safe to tell an adult. And that adult was willing to take the appropriate action by getting parents & resource officer involved & suspending these bullies. These kids need to know this is unacceptable, their are consequences at school & home and their is zero tolerance. Our children need to know they are safe at school physically & emotionally.

Something needs to be done before any more of our children kill themselves!

Since: Jan 10

Salem, MA

#14 Feb 1, 2010
Mom been there wrote:
Unless you have been a child or parent who has had to deal with teasing/bullying/harrassment, then you really do not have any clue how this affects the whole family.
I definitely believe something needs to be done. I don't know if it should be government laws, stricter school discipline, parent involvment or just plain common sense.
I do have to commend one of the middle schools in Leominster which did act accordingly when my daughter started to be bullied/harrassed by fellow students. But she was one of the few that felt safe to tell an adult. And that adult was willing to take the appropriate action by getting parents & resource officer involved & suspending these bullies. These kids need to know this is unacceptable, their are consequences at school & home and their is zero tolerance. Our children need to know they are safe at school physically & emotionally.
Something needs to be done before any more of our children kill themselves!
I still haven't seen a clear definition of cyber bullying? Was she bullied at school or on a computer. Doesn't the computer have a mouse that can turn the page, so to speak. Now my daughter was being bullied once and she kicked the kid in the family jewels on Friday and by Monday when the kid got back to WRHS everybody in school knew he got beat up by a girl. Most bullies are cowards and I've always taught my kids to not bully but always stand up to them. You'll be surprised how timid bullies get when they know they can';t scare you.
Mom been there

Sterling, MA

#15 Feb 1, 2010
Cyberbullying definition provided by District Atty Joseph D Early, Jr's office - Sending or posting harmful or cruel text or images using the internet or other digital communication devices.

The point I was trying to get across is kids/adults all need to be held accountable for their actions, verbally or physically.

As for my daughter, she was being bullied/harrassed in school by girls. She is not on the internet ie facebook, my space, etc.

People may not agree, but each have the right to their opinions, but I would hope for respect for disagreeing. And this is what I am trying to teach my children.

Since: Jan 10

Salem, MA

#16 Feb 1, 2010
What's a cruel text? Look at the post above by Roger Dad, should I consider his remark about my disability check as being cruel or should I just laugh it off as a stupid comment by a stupid person. Now I'm being cruel,. So where does it end.
Really you have to feel bad for the poster because he would never publicly repeat that statement unless he was sure there were no disabled veterans in ear shot. So by definition I would say he's a coward who hides behind the anonymity of his key board. Cowardice and bullying go hand in hand as you can clearly see.
Now the question has to be asked am I now bullying the idiot who made that comment or just pushing back at his callous remarks?
One good thing about bullies and cowards is they eventually die a 1000 deaths.
Mike

Woburn, MA

#17 Feb 1, 2010
Hey Ms Flannagan, Bob Antonioni voted for every tax increase ever proposed and it looks like you'll be rubber stamping every tax bill as well. We are soooo dissappointed. Yes, CyberBullying is a great cause, but have you done ANYTHING else to help folks in Leominster / Fitchburg area find a job, get a mortgage, save their homes or lessen their tax burden? It looks like you're going to be the same old tax and spend liberal Democrat cow-towing to the Boston bunch just to keep your seat... Leominster's version of Martha Coakley...

Since: Jan 10

Salem, MA

#18 Feb 1, 2010
Mike wrote:
Hey Ms Flannagan, Bob Antonioni voted for every tax increase ever proposed and it looks like you'll be rubber stamping every tax bill as well. We are soooo dissappointed. Yes, CyberBullying is a great cause, but have you done ANYTHING else to help folks in Leominster / Fitchburg area find a job, get a mortgage, save their homes or lessen their tax burden? It looks like you're going to be the same old tax and spend liberal Democrat cow-towing to the Boston bunch just to keep your seat... Leominster's version of Martha Coakley...

Mike Go to Statemaster.Com and compare Massachusetts to states run by republicans and you may walk away feeling lucky about living in one of the 10 best states. Now Louisiana has lower taxes that Massachusetts along with a lower literacy rate. They also rank DEAD last in the overall health index.
Stamos

New Port Richey, FL

#20 Feb 1, 2010
Isn't Flannigan the one who proposed a 5 cent tax on plastic bags at grocery stores??? Maybe she should propose "Bully Bill" 5 cent tax on school lunch to pay for more student counseling.

Since: Jan 10

Salem, MA

#22 Feb 1, 2010
Hopey Changey wrote:
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You didn't jsut place the blam for the ills of Louisiana on Gov. Jindal, did you? You really, honestly don't think that Ms. Blanco is to blame, atleast partially?
You're being a tad bit disengenuis.
No I didn't I picked Louisiana because they have some of the lowest state and local taxes to go along with low rankling when it comes to quality of life issues like education, health care etc. They also have a governor who wants to cut taxes, which may serve a minority of the citizens well while keeping the downtrodden underfoot.
I prefer using Oklahoma as an exemplar because they where until recently our political opposites. they're just as bad as Louisiana both are a little better than some 3rd world countries
Stamos

New Port Richey, FL

#23 Feb 1, 2010
Hopey Changey wrote:
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No, that was the other Jen, Jen Benson from Lunenburg.
My bad..... Sorry Jen Flanagan!

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