TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House has unanimously passed a bill that would include "cyberbullying" under the state's anti-bullying law.
The House on Thursday passed the bill (HB 609) by a vote of 118-0. A Senate version has only passed one committee.
The state defines bullying as "inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress." School districts already have to adopt policies prohibiting bullying and other harassment in schools.
The House bill extends protection from bullying when it is done using computers connected to the Internet. The bill had been amended to clarify that bullying using computers off of school grounds has to "substantially interfere with or limit" a student's in-school activities to be covered. It's also covered if it disrupts the educational process.
Sixteen other states' anti-bullying laws already address cyberbullying.