Students Weigh-in on Cyberbullying
Students from across Nassau County wrote hundreds of messages to Senator Kemp Hannon in the form of letters, e-mails and petitions asking for the Senator’s help with stopping cyber-bullying. Recently, Senator Hannon held a roundtable discussion with students at H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview to answer their questions and seek their advice on how to solve cyber-bullying.
“The best way to find solutions to a problem is to speak to those who are being directly affected, and in this case, it’s the kids,” said Senator Hannon. “They are the experts on cyber-bullying,” Hannon continued. As a result of receiving hundreds of letters, Senator Hannon introduced legislation (S7158) which prohibits bullying and cyber-bullying on school property, establishes a statewide central registry for bullying, cyber-bullying and hazing complaints, and increases the penalties for acts related to hazing.
During the roundtable discussion, 7th-grader Matt Dinhofer asked Senator Hannon, “If schools and other places didn’t bring up cyber-bullying would New York be thinking about enforcing a law?” The Senator’s answer was simple, “Probably not, Matt. That’s why we need the help of you and your peers to shed light on issues such as this one.”
The students presented the Senator with two-hundred and sixty-nine signatures, which they collected, demanding a law in New York against cyber-bullying. Senator Hannon proudly added his signature to the petition.