Two Cases Highlight Issue of Cyber Bullying in Las Vegas Schools - 8 News NOW

Two Cases Highlight Issue of Cyber Bullying in Las Vegas Schools

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LAS VEGAS -- Two different incidents at two different high schools in southern Nevada are highlighting the issue of bullying and the role technology now plays.

In one incident, a picture of a female student at Durango High School in her underwear was posted to Twitter and, at last check, is still there.

In another incident, video of a girl being assaulted at Palo Verde High School has ended up online.

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Both episodes happened just days after a new Nevada law went into effect that was meant to stop students from posting these types of events on the internet.

Seventeen-year-old Ellie Smith knows all too well how miserable bullying can make school. She says she was bullied for years by her classmates.

Smith considers herself lucky that her torment was never shared online.

"If somebody had posted video of me getting beat up on Vine, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, I couldn't imagine what I would be feeling," Smith said.

In the picture of a Durango High School student wearing nothing but her underwear, other students were seen taking pictures of her. Now that these images have spread through social media, these students could all face charges under the new state law.

Nevada state Senator Kelvin Atkinson helped pass SB414 that went into effect Oct 1. The law says minors who post pictures and videos of other kids being bullied could be charged with misdemeanors.

"The first step of any law is education." Atkinson said, "I think it is important to talk about it, what other ways can we get it out there."

Smith, who now speaks out about bullying, says these actions are much scarier now with technology also being used as a weapon.

"I truly think that bullying and making fun of people will always be there." Smith said.

The Clark County School District says it is investigating both incidents, and sent 8 News NOW the following statement that said in part:

"...the Clark County School district will not be participating in on-camera media interviews regarding bullying videos. Doing so encourages copy-cat acts, gives bullies an audience, and keeps the cycle of bullying going by causing further embarrassment to the students involved.

We do not condone bullying or violence and will not be part of the repeated showing of these videos on television."

CCSD would not confirm if any student has been punished in connection with the incidents.

On Twitter, 8 News NOW has seen at least one student at Durango High School posting that she has been expelled after what happened.

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