Torrington Reconsiders Bullying Policy

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    Two members of the Torrington High School football team have been charged in sexual assault cases involving different 13-year-old girls, at least one of whom has been taunted online by dozens of upset classmates.

    Torrington officials are reconsidering the school system’s bullying policy after a teenage girl was harassed online following the arrests of four high school football players accused of sexually assaulting her.

    The football players were arrested on statutory rape charges.

    After the players were charged, Torrington High School students used Twitter to degrade the two girls by calling them derogatory names.

    Victim of Sex Assault Taunted Online

    [HAR] Victim of Sex Assault Taunted Online
    Two members of the Torrington High School football team have been charged in sexual assault cases involving different 13-year-old girls, at least one of whom has been taunted online by dozens of upset classmates.

    That led to school administrators sending a letter to parents warning that students could be suspended, or even expelled, for cyber bullying. 

    A subcommittee of the Board of Education is now considering expanding definitions of bullying in the district's three-year-old, 22-page policy and merging it with the school system's "safe school climate plan" that's mandated by the state's anti-bullying law.

    Sexual Crisis Center Reaction

    [HAR] Sexual Crisis Center Reaction
    Susan B. Anthony Project reacts to cyber bullying in the Torrington sexual assault case.

    Officials said they want the bullying policy to conform to the state’s 2011 anti-bullying law.

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