We have all heard the stories of teachers being goated into losing their temper in class by students whose motives were to record the event and then upload it to YouTube for the entire world to see. Some of these stories are not pretty, some are incredibly mean, and others are enough to make a teacher give up on the profession alltogether. An arguement could be made in some cases that these teachers allowed themselves to get to this stage through poor classroom management or through inadequate preparation or training. That is not and should not be the point, however. No matter how it is spun, such an attack on any teacher goes beyond being a simple student vs. teacher prank. Luckily some school districts and local communities have seen the light to defend their teachers and take serious actions against students that would be so blantantly evil.
A recent news story on the topic of cyberbullying in the Christian Science Monitor lays out all of the data from recent research on the topic of cyber bullying, but also goes into detail on how these actions adversely affect the teachers that they are pointed against. In one Missouri community the crime of cyber bullying is now considered a misdemeanor. Other communities are also considering taking action against students who harass teachers in this way, with the possibility of permanent expulsion looming as one alternative. Of course, these consequences also have their own critics. To read the complete article please visit the Christian Science Monitor Web Site.