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American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois

State schools will investigate after-hours bullying

State schools will investigate after-hours bullying

A new law will force state schools to investigate reports of cyberbullying — even when it happens outside of school.

The law, which took effect Jan. 1, doesn't tell schools how to investigate cyberbullying. And it doesn't ask school officials to troll students' social media posts, looking for bad behavior. Rather, it requires school boards to figure out the best way to help a victim if cyberbullying is reported.

One method became controversial this month after a southern Illinois principal sent a letter to parents saying the school may ask for social media passwords if a student is suspected of violating any district rules.

Administrators at Community Unit School...