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Girls’ arrests in Florida bullying case may mark turning point

by Bill Hayes

In Girls’ arrests in Florida bullying case may mark turning point, the Los Angeles Times reports on anti-bullying laws across the nation in the wake of the arrest of two minor girls who allegedly cyberbullied a girl who committed suicide.

States across the nation have a mix of strong and weak laws, unrelated apparently to partisan politics, urbanization or wealth. Texas and Wyoming, along with Florida, are conservative states with strong laws, as are liberal states such as Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland. At the same time, California shares relatively weak laws with Mississippi, Minnesota and Nevada.

The issue is pushed by advocacy groups formed largely by the parents of teens who killed themselves after being relentlessly bullied in school. Even among those advocates, there is little cheering about the arrests of the girls in Lakeland, but rather a hope that it will foster change. [more]