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Facebook cyberbullying to be brought before an Oireachtas committee

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 21/03/2013. Facebook cyberbullying to be brought before an Oireachtas committeeTags: Secondary School News

An instance of cyberbullying on Facebook is to be brought before an Oireachtas committee,  it has been confirmed.

The online bullying resulted in 28 students being suspended at Colaiste Chiarain in Croom - and principal at the County Limerick secondary school Noel Malone has accused the social networking site of inaction over the incident, the Irish Examiner reports.

Mr Malone said Facebook has tried to cover its tracks on an issue that is so serious that it could pose a threat to people's lives, adding he is not willing to take the matter lying down.

The principal has been invited by Patrick O'Donovan TD to make a submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications - and Mr Malone explained: "I want Facebook and other social media to put in place a fast-track system whereby schools with an issue can have a request fast-tracked and the matter dealt with."

Numerous people in the school community were victimised during the incident, in which students 'liked' a certain post on the social networking site that was deemed inappropriate.

Written by Donal Walsh


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