TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)-- Schools in Torrington are taking a stand to try to crack down on online bullying.
Under new school policy, sports team members could be suspended from their team if they post anything "mean spirited" online. Some say the policy goes too far.
Last school year, there were sexual assault allegations against two football players. When 13-year-old victims went to authorities, they claim they were cyber bullied.
When asked what it's like for someone who feels like they've been bullied online, Kailey Stewart, a Torringon grad said, "I think it's really difficult for them to come to school to want to be in the school environment, it makes it harder for them to learn."
There has been an online policy in both the general high school and middle school handbooks for years.
Wednesday, the Board of Ed discussed developing a social media policy, specifically for athletes, talk of suspending students for derogatory posts or tweets about members of the school community, or online posts that glorify drug use.
"They need to be reminded of it so they have good behavior and that they represent Torrington High School," said Kenneth Traub, School Board president.
With that in mind, the board also discussed creating a social media policy for extra curricular activities. Still, despite the accusations of last year, the board chair says online bullying is no bigger problem there than any other high school.
"There was no proof last year of a cyber bullying incident, there was just a concern of the violation," said Traub.
"I didn't think it sounded like it, it was just the normal people saying things behind people's backs," said Kristin Ellis, Torrington High alumna. "Kids are going to keep doing what they want to do. It's not going to change."
The football students at the center of the sexual assault that lead to the alleged social media scandal, Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, have both been in court on charges.
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