Superintendent of schools responds to cyber bullying reports

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — The superintendent of Rockingham County Public Schools responded on Friday to reports of students within the division bullying each other on a popular social media site.

Dr. Oskar Scheikl said parents of kids at a middle school were upset over disrespectful pictures posted of students on an Instagram page.

"Those students don't deserve to be treated that way," said Dr. Scheikl. "In the social media age, we see this where someone hides behind a screen and a keyboard and just posts offensive material."

Several parents reached out to WHSV concerned about the way the situation was handled.

"We contacted law enforcement immediately," said Dr. Scheikl. "What we also did was contact Instagram to report the post as offensive. Parents were initially worried that Instagram wouldn't take this down, but they have."

Scheikl said the school board investigates all reports of cyberbullying, but it's difficult to pinpoint a student when the posts are made outside of school.

While law enforcement is always contacted, no legal action can be taken if no threats were made.