Missouri’s new cyber-bullying law takes effect Friday.
The Associated Press reported the measure requires school districts to put the terms “cyber-bullying” and “electronic communications” into their anti-bullying policies.
Advocates hope the new law will help districts focus on behavior that they say is becoming more prevalent and can cause more harm that traditional bullying. Others say the new guidelines won’t legally change anything.
The law comes four years after a St. Charles County teenager, Megan Meier, killed herself after being the victim of online bullying.
Since her death, at least 45 states have changed harassment laws to include cyber-bullying.