THE BRONX - The Department of Education held a hearing tonight at the Tweed Courthouse to explain the proposed new rules for sexting by students.

Sexting is sending any sexually explicit message via mobile device. Under the proposal, next year, students could face suspension for sexting at any time, even outside of school hours. They could also be suspended for cyber-bullying, which is targeting another with threatening messages online or through texts.

Tonight?s hearing was the public?s for public comment on disciplinary action taken by the DOE in response to sexting.

Officials are still asking for public opinion that can be either e-mailed or faxed to the DOE up until July 14.

Any new rules or additions will go into effect in September.

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