Families Testify in Support of Cyberbullying Bill

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JEFFERSON CITY - Supporters of a cyberbullying bill testified before the Missouri House Children and Families committee Wednesday. 

This bill is back for a second year after making it to the Missouri Senate at the end of last year's session. However, according to the Junior League of St. Louis who helped spearhead the bill, time ran out before it was ever discussed on the floor.

The bill seeks to create a standardized way of handling incidents of cyberbullying in schools. 

Several of the families who testified in support of the bill have lost children to suicide related to cyberbullying. 

The MU Law School is hosting a symposium on the topic of cyberbullying on Thursday and Friday. 

According to law professor and symposium co-chair, Doug Abrams, 20 to 25 percent of students nationally report incidents of cyberbullying each year.

He added schools with cyberbullying prevention programs in place have seen these numbers drop by up to 50 percent.

The symposium is open to the public, and the bill could potentially move to the house floor within the next couple weeks.

If you want more information on the bill itself, click here.

If you want to attend the symposium, find more information here.