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Students Report Cyberbullying Is Pervasive

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 07:38 AM

Think all the attention on cyberbullying is making a difference? Think again.

The Daily News reported on Thursday that of the 10,000 students in New York State who responded to a survey by the State Senate's Independent Democratic Caucus, nearly 70 percent said they were a victim of cyberbullying or knew someone who was a victim.

It's unclear how the survey was conducted. And, presumably, it was done to help the legislators decide on the next step to control the explosion of meanness and hostility on the Web that has sometimes resulted in suicides and other tragedies.

But the fact that 10,000 students from 350 schools statewide responded is telling -- especially because, presumably, those most likely to respond did so because they had concerns about cyberbullying. Nearly 70 percent also told the legislators that cyberbullying should be a separate crime, with separate penalties.

The sponsor of a bill to do just that, State Senator Jeff Klein of the Bronx, said the results show: Albany, we have a problem. As Mr. Klein told The News, "As a result of this survey, we can finally see the pervasiveness of cyberbullying in our schools."

The New York Post reports that there are still a couple of thousand prekindergarten seats left in the city schools, even as more than 8,800 families were shut out of the system for the fall enrollment of their 3- and 4-year-old children.

While almost a third of parents did not receive offers for prekindergarten seats, many indicated on their applications only one school to which they were willing to send their child. That left some schools under-enrolled for the fall.

Education Department: what is the process to fill those open seats? SchoolBook will update this post with the answer.

A record high 29,072 applications were received for prekindergarten seats for the fall.

Gotham Schools's Rise & Shine morning post has a more complete roundup of Thursday's education news.

Thursday is Flag Day. If you are around the South Street Seaport, you can catch the chorus from Public School 150 in Sunnyside, Queens, performing at the Fraunces Tavern Flag Day Parade. The performance is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. at 54 Pearl Street. The chorus has had a run lately, performing on June 8 with the Young New Yorkers' Chorus at Symphony Space, reports their music teacher and choral director, Rachel Smith.

And seniors, you can share your New York City high school tales on your school's page, and be considered for recognition -- and even prizes -- by SchoolBook. Here's what we're looking for.

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