Students targeting other students is a problem school districts face around the country. But the attacks have changed in recent years with the emergence of social media.
Before social media, bullying typically centered around a specific classroom or school. Law enforcement says that's no longer the case however, because many of the kids are now using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to target their attacks.
"Along with that comes photos and video, and once it hits the social media, it's out there and it spreads, like I said, throughout the entire county. Sometimes we've actually investigated cases that have ended up with our students students being bulled from kids in other states," says Deputy Chief Jason Trevino, WCSD Police.
Law enforcement says stopping cyberbullying is one of their top priorities because it's become so widespread and the investigations take time.
Deputies work closely with school administrators because they're the ones who see the problem first. They say students being bullied usually go through a change in behavior. That's important for parents to look out for because law enforcement says they're the ones who need to monitor what their kids are doing.
"Parents say, 'I had no idea they had a Facebook account,' or 'I had no idea that my son or daughter had Instagram.' So the parents need to stay on top of it and know what their kids are doing.'
Deputies say the best way to solve cyberbullying is to address the problem quickly. They frequently sit the kids down together who then talk things through which usually puts an end to the problem.
Written by Adam Rasmussen