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Lawmakers Tackle Cyber-Bullying

Bullying through technology is so rampant in the lives of teenagers that the Texas legislature is tackling the issue.

A senate bill would expand bully protection at school to include harassment online, meaning schools would provide a measure of protection for victims with an amendment to the state's education code.

But State Senator Kel Seliger says the subject must be broached delicately.  He says, "we've got to look at this very very carefully, because we have the first amendment...concerns that just because you say something to someone on the Internet, you have a first amendment right to do that."

41% of those who report being bullied in cyberspace say the threats, harsh words, rumors, etc., came through sites like Facebook or MySpace.

For teenager Jessica Bach, the solution is simple.  She says, "people get their feelings hurt and I think they shouldn't care as much as they do about what people think if you know you're a good person."

Bach is just one of many teenagers we spoke with tonight who says the problem is widespread.

This issue has caught nationwide attention in recent years, especially with the suicide of a Missouri girl who had been bullied online.

Similar cases have popped up in other states.

The Texas Senate bill is being considered by the committee on education.

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