The Bakersfield City School District passed a new provision Tuesday night that would protect students against cyber bullying. 23 ABC reports the change to the district's current policy will give schools the authority to take disciplinary action against students who engage in any type of electronic bullying that poses a threat to school safety. Board members say instead of only being able to take action when a student is on campus or heading to and from school, officials can now take immediate action when the cyber bullying occurs.
Cyber bullying is an issue that has increased in recent months, including a text message threat at a Taft middle school earlier this month. The new provision could go into place as early as next week.