Unfortunately, even Halligan’s story isn’t enough these days to put a stop to cyberbullying. That’s why schools and communities must come together to combat it when it happens. The schools can’t do it alone because they don’t have the resources to monitor the internet every minute of the day. Parents and students have to be watchful for any signs of cyberbullying and be willing to report it to school officials as soon as they see it. Silence is not an option.
We applaud Guilderland High School officials and those people in the community who alerted them for quickly dealing with this cyberbullying incident. And we hope that other schools and communities learn from Guilderland’s example when dealing with similar incidents when they occur. To paraphrase Superintendent Wiles, this should be a learning experience for everyone.