NY targets cyber bullying in schools

ALBANY - (AP) - Following suicides, beatings and assaults onteenagers' self-esteem, New York is seeking to prevent schoolbullying done through the Internet and texting.

Several bills are pending in the Senate and Assembly byDemocrats and Republicans. They include an Assembly bill that wouldmake hazing, a specific form of bullying, a felony when there isserious injury or death.

Republicans in the Senate minority on Tuesday proposed a packageof bills that propose no felonies, but seek to compel schools toaddress, investigate and report bullying.

Sen. Kemp Hannon, a Nassau County Republican, says New York isone of just eight states that don't specifically outlaw cyberbullying.

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