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Cuomo Signs Cyberbullying Law, Horrible New York Kids Put on Notice

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09: New York Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo looks on at a press conference with current New York Governor David Paterson November 9, 2010 in New York City. Cuomo spoke about looming budget cuts, taxes and the state of the economy. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Andrew Cuomo
Cuomo suggests you delete that Facebook message, mister. Photo: Mario Tama/2010 Getty Images

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law aimed at cracking down on students who bully other kids online. As of July 1, 2013, school employees who learn of online harassment will be required to notify administrators within one day and file a written report within two days. Schools must also train staff and set up a way for parents and students to report bullying. The law stops short of making cyberbullying a crime in New York, but it does entail “coordination with police when appropriate.” It’s unclear what exactly that means, but we’re guessing young New Yorkers won’t want to find out.

Cuomo Signs New York Cyberbullying Law