Bill draft would update bullying meaning

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BISMARCK, N.D. - It's been a long time since bullying only took place at the playground or in the halls at school.

Statistics indicate more than half of adolescents have been bullied online.

A state lawmaker says North Dakota's laws on bullying lag behind the times and need to be updated.

Senator Nicole Poolman's bill would expand the definition of bullying beyond what happens on school property.
She says students have given her input.

"They would all agree that our current definition is dated and that it really needs to really start incorporating all of that bullying that takes place on social media when kids are off campus," said Sen. Nicole Poolman.

Poolman says if her bill passes, school districts would still have control over policy and discipline.