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Cyberbullying? Tipp City school board members concerned about online comments about board

Nancy Bowman, Dayton Daily News |

District Superintendent Mark Stefanik said the issue appeared on the board agenda because of questions about whether policy was violated by postings on social media during board debates this past year, including the process of appointing Tipp City Public Library trustees.

The antiharassment policy covers unlawful conduct on school property or an activity sponsored by the board, said member Simon Patry, questioning if the comments sparking the discussion fell under the policy.

Board President Theresa Dunaway said the policy is geared toward students and staff. Experts speaking at state school board conferences advise board members to not respond on social media. “We need to find a way to clear up some of the mistruths” in the community that have led to some of the criticism, Dunaway said.

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