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Torrington May Update Bullying Policy After Online Taunting Of Rape Victims

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TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ Torrington officials are looking at updating the school system’s bullying policy after two teenage girls were taunted online over the arrests of four high school football players on statutory rape charges.

A subcommittee of the Board of Education is considering expanding definitions of bullying in the district’s three-year-old, 22-page policy and merging it with the school system’s “safe school climate plan” that’s mandated by the state’s anti-bullying law.

Torrington High School students called the two girls derogatory names in Twitter postings after police charged the football team members with sexually assaulting the girls. The postings prompted school officials to warn students they could face discipline for inappropriate comments directed at other students and staff.

Officials say they want to the bullying policy to conform to the state’s 2011 anti-bullying law.
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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