Guilderland Cyber-Bullying Video
A five-minute rap song that called out the names of several Guilderland High School students was posted to youtube.com yesterday. The video has since been pulled down, and from what we have learned, was too vulgar to even air on WGNA.
The audio clip, which contains harassing language and lyrics about other students, is sexual in nature.
Before it was taken down, the video had over 1,000 views and several “thumbs ups.”
Guilderland High School Principal Thomas Lutsic sent a letter to parents about the incident.
“We take very seriously our responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for our students,” Lutsic said in the letter. “Bullying and harassment, such as the kind displayed in the audio clip, violates the Guilderland Central School District Code of Conduct and will not be tolerated.”
The district is investigating who posted the audio clip online and will determine the proper legal action. The Guilderland Police Department is aware of the incident.
Mr. Lutsic said the high school does its “best to encourage an atmosphere of respect and consideration.” He said even if the rap was posted as a “prank,” it’s a form cyberbullying that could be harmful to others. He encouraged parents to talk to their children about the situation and stress the importance of “being a good digital citizen.”
What do you think the consequences should be?