TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/FNS) – In the wake of social media and technology, viral bullying has become a serious issue. Now a bill devised to discipline cyberbullies is one step closer to implementation.

The bill (HB 609) passed the House earlier this month and was cleared Tuesday by the Florida Senate. Now it’s headed to Governor Rick Scott.

Building on already-existing laws, the bill would grant authority to Florida’s public schools to discipline students that use technology, or electronic communications, to bully their peers.

In a news release issued after the vote, Senate sponsor Dwight Bullard said the bill would give teachers and administrators “essential tools to better protect our children.”

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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