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Cyber-bullying defies traditional school bully stereotype

from The Washington Post

Sept. 3, 2010 issue: The advent of social networking sites and text messaging has allowed young girls the opportunity to take on a role traditionally reserved for boys, experts say. The girls have become bullies — or, more specifically, cyber-bullies. The Virginia Department of Education defines cyber-bullying as "using information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cellphones, text messaging, instant messaging and websites to support deliberate, hostile behavior intended to harm others." Cyber-bullying in Virginia's Fairfax County public schools seems to occur primarily in middle schools, said Sgt. William H. Fulton of Fairfax County police, school resource officer supervisor. more

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