Manitoba Tory bill would strip cyberbullies of electronics, force parents to act

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WINNIPEG - The Manitoba Tories are to introduce a bill in the legislature this afternoon that would crack down on cyberbullies.

Education critic Kelvin Goertzen (GUHRT'-zehn) is set to table a private member's bill that would strip bullies of their electronics and allow victims to get protection orders.

The bill would also put greater responsibility on parents to act if they knew their kids were involved in cyberbullying.

Goertzen says victims would gain a sense of power and there would be real consequences for cyberbullying.

Hearings are set to begin on the government's own anti-bullying legislation — something the Tories and Goertzen, in particular, have vigorously opposed.

The government's anti-bullying legislation would force schools to allow gay-straight alliances and would require bullying to be reported to a principal.

Organizations: Manitoba Tories

Geographic location: WINNIPEG

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