Torrington Reconsiders Bullying Policy

By Tosin Fakile
|  Thursday, Apr 4, 2013  |  Updated 3:32 PM EDT
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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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