Japan’s government last week enacted a bill that forbids bullying at elementary, junior high and senior high schools, in the attempt of stopping  the serious increase of bullying cases that have occurred in the country.

The law was voted in favor by the ruling coalition and other opposition parties at a plenary session in the upper house, according to the international press.

According to the new bill, bullying that leads to serious physical or mental trauma to children or makes them be absent for a long period of time is defined as a “serious case”.

Under the law, schools are required to report confirmed serious cases to the education ministry and local government. Next, the case is to be investigated by the school and education boards to obtain details.

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Field trip to Orlando surfaces in local bullying case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A field trip taken by 8th graders to Universal Studios in Orlando is being used in legal arguments in an ongoing school incident described as bullying.

In March, Aria Jewett was allegedly injured in an attack just before school started at the Oceanway Middle School. Three teenage girls were charged, one with aggravated battery.

The mother got a restraining order to prohibit contact between the girls.

This month Melissa Thomas says while on the field trip with her daughter the girl who was charged with battery was spotted. That girl who attends another middle school was on the same field trip.

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Audrie Pott: California Girl Who Committed Suicide After Gang Rape, Online Bullying May Get Justice

Audrie Pott committed suicide in September after pictures of her alleged gang rape spread throughout her high school, but it now appears her family may see justice.

Police have arrested three teenage boys in connection to what police say was sexual assault of the 15-year-old California high school student. The attackers allegedly took pictures during the assault, later publishing them online and spreading them around school.

“Based on what we know, she was unconscious, there were multiple boys in the room with her,” said Robert Allard, an attorney representing the family of Audrie Potts. “They did unimaginable things to her while she was unconscious.”

The situation only got worse for Audrie Potts. As the pictures of her rape spread throughout the school, the 15-year-old was left devastated.

“The whole school knows…. My life is ruined,” she wrote on Facebook.

Audrie Potts committed suicide on September 10, 2012, eight days after the gang rape allegedly took place. Her parents said they knew noting about the rape or pictures being spread throughout her school until after Audrie was already dead.

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Local teen who was bullied online commits suicide

ISSAQUAH — A sophomore at Issaquah High School committed suicide earlier this week and her friends say cyber bullying led her to take that step.
The young girl was a talented musician who dreamed of becoming a star.

“She’s the most talented person I know,” her best friend said. “She had the most amazing voice.”

She added that fellow students at the high school bullied the girl on Facebook and Twitter.

“I’m really mad because the people who egged her on, the people who said the horrible things to her, they don’t even know that they’re part of the reason she’s gone,” her friend said. “If those people hadn’t said those things that night, she wouldn’t have thought twice about anything and she would still be here.”

Issaquah High School said it has a strict policy about bullying, but a representative for the district said that the girl never came forward.

While her friends struggle with the loss, one of them is looking for a way to honor her friend, and is contemplating creating a foundation to shine a light on cyber bullying.

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