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Cyberbullying of a Gay Student in AR? You decide….


Sheridan School District:  Sheridan, AR

Taylor Ellis - Sheridan School District.

Taylor Ellis, student

One of Keys’ International Trainers; Mike Nelson, MS, LPC, NCC was interviewed by a news media on an Arkansas story about a Gay Student. A student (Taylor Ellis) in the Sheridan School District located in Arkansas said that administrators pulled his profile which was to go in the yearbook. In the student’s profile he spoke about being openly gay and how he came out.

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Here is an exert of that profile:

Although the thought of coming out, and the repercussions of doing so, frightened Ellis at first, he found that most of the student body, as well as the teachers, were very accepting of him.


Sheridan High -Instagram page “click to enlarge

Since this story has come out, an Instagram page has been the focus of a discussion about Cyberbullying. See instagram page:  Sheridan High Instagram

This Instagram Page brings up a number of questions:

  • Is this Free Speech:

“Sheridan High School = No Gays”   

This may help you decide…what if it said:
Sheridan High School = No Blacks”  

This would be easy to see and should help us understand this for what it is.

  • Is this Cyberbullying?Definition:

Cyberbullying is when a person asserts power, ridicule or control over another by hurting, intimidating, threatening or frightening another person using the Internet, mobile phone, or other type of digital technology. There are differing severities of Cyberbullying. This is NOT teasing. Teasing is for a different purpose

  • Should the school become involved?

Answer these questions and if any answer is “Yes” then it is believed that the school should become involved. 

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    • Was this Instagram edited while students were on campus?
    • Did students use school equipment in logging on this account?
    • Was it involving a school related function?
    • Is the issue being brought to school?
    • Is it as a result of a school discussion? 
    • Could the Instagram page be perceived as a school sanction belief.
    • Could it escalate on campus.


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