California Public Schools Could Expel Students for Sexting, Cyberbullying Under Bills Sent to Gov. Brown

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This student is using a cellphone to answer questions in class, but other uses might soon be grounds for expulsion. (Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Public schools soon could expel students for bullying through video or sexting if Gov. Jerry Brown signs two bills sent to him Wednesday.

Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) said he drafted AB 2536 to address increasing instances of teen sexting, in which a person sends a nude or sexually explicit photo of him or herself electronically.

It would require the California Department of Education to publish information on sexual cyberbullying online and encourage schools to teach students about sexting. It also would define “cyber sexual bullying” as sharing nude photos or videos of others “with the purpose or effect of humiliating or harassing” a student.

“The act of sexting, which some view as a normal adolescent activity, exposes teens to bullying or harassment,” Chau said in a statement. “This type of bullying has unfortunately resulted in some teenagers committing suicide, and has left schools at a loss on how to address the complex challenges it presents.”

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