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Md. launches pilot program against cyberbullying

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is announcing a new initiative against cyberbullying in a partnership with Facebook.

Gansler made the announcement Thursday. The initiative will give educators a direct connection to address issues of online bullying in their school systems.

Facebook outlined the pilot project, which is being described as the first of its kind in the country, at the Maryland Association of Boards of Education fall conference.

The project is designed to streamline reporting of cyberbullying that may not be resolved through Facebook’s normal reporting process. Each school system will identify a point person for direct communications with Facebook.

If an issue is not resolved within 24 hours, educators will be able to contact their school system’s designated point person to accelerate the report through the Educator Escalation Channel.