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April 7th, 2011

Tougher sexting bill advances in Florida House
A Florida House committee whose members had been reluctant to vote on a sexting bill moved the measure forward Thursday after toughening penalties for minors caught sending sexually explicit photos or videos, primarily using their cell phones.

Boy, 13, is found hanged at Merseyside home (UK)
The body of Brendon Flynn, a Royal Marine cadet from Huyton, was discovered by his family on Monday. A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police confirmed officers were not treating the death as suspicious and had passed the case to the coroner. There have been allegations on Facebook that Brendon had been bullied.

Father develops world's first Facebook bullying alert system
A concerned father has developed the world's first bullying alert system for Facebook which scans text and flags up abusive behavior. NHS consultant Paddy Clarke's software scans walls and inboxes for trigger words and phrases such as 'gay' and 'fat' and alerts parents when they appear.

Minivan Torched; Bullying Suspected
A minivan was set on fire outside a Kingwood home, and the family said the crime is part of bullying against their teenage son.The fire spread to the side of the house, but the structure only received minor damage. The van was destroyed. Colton Meszaros said he has been bullied at school and believes the bullies are responsible.

Three plead innocent in bullying case
Three teenagers have pleaded innocent in the bullying case of a South Hadley, Mass., girl who killed herself in January, their lawyers said.

High school hit with cyberbullying lists
Some students at a Halifax-area high school say they're victims of a new type of cyberbullying involving lists of students circulated on smartphones.

Teacher sentenced to 22 years for sexting
A former Virginia teacher is headed to prison for sexting. Connie Beth Klewer will spend 22 years in jail for sending sexually explicit images and messages to a teenage student.

Teenager Charged After Girl Punched In Face
A bullying teenager punched a girl in the face after she confronted him on a Madison Metro bus on Wednesday morning, according to the Madison Police Department. Police said the 15-year-old boy was teasing the 16-year-old about a skin condition he said she had.

Mother faces charges of child abuse for not stopping daughter's fight,0,4266075.story?track=rss
The woman's daughter says she got into the fight because she's tired of being bullied at school. Maria Plazola will be in court next week facing charges for being at that fight and for even encouraging her daughter in it.

Sanford man indicted in teen's rape
A 22-year-old felon already in federal prison has been indicted on charges that he abducted a 14-year-old Sanford girl on her way to school and raped her in 2008, a case where a DNA match links him to the crime, police say.



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