Students disciplined for bullying teachers

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(QMI Agency file photo)

SHAWN JEFFORDS QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:29 PM ET

TORONTO, Ont. -- Nine students at a Brampton, Ont., high school were told to stay home Wednesday and could face suspension after allegedly cyber-bullying at least two teachers online.

Bruce Campbell, a spokesman for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, said the students were asked not to come to school while the principal of St. Margerite D'Youville mulled over an appropriate punishment.

The group of Grade 12 students allegedly tweeted comments of a "very sexual nature" about the teachers and they were discovered by school officials Monday. They are deeply inappropriate, Campbell said.

"I don't know the genesis of it," Campbell added. "Some (comments) were almost slanderous or libellous. Certainly, totally inappropriate and an extreme misuse of social media."

Campbell said the students were involved to "varying degrees" and their punishments will reflect that.

"It could be suspensions, varying degrees of suspensions," he said.

He said the comments had nothing to do with the on-going labour unrest between the government and teachers since Catholic teachers across Ontario signed agreements months ago.

Campbell acknowledged the students made the comments on their own time, but they have negatively impacted the school community. Action had to be taken, he said.

"It's hard to police, absolutely," he said. "But it always does come to light. It always does come to our attention eventually.

"We try to teach responsible use of social media, but you're still seeing cases like this where students put things out there in the cyber world and they're out there forever. In many cases, kids are still not cognizant of the consequences of what they say."

shawn.jeffords@sunmedia.ca


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