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Messy, yes. But also very cool. “The four hogs arrive at the back of the school, skinned and halved in the bed of a pickup, well before the opening bell on an icy Tuesday morning. It’s a banner day for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) students at  Virginia’s Broadway High School: hog butchering. Scrub the class schedule. There’s a half-ton of live weight to process by the end of the afternoon.”

Like every other state, Colorado is wrestling with the problem of cyber-bullying. “Under HB1131, it would be a class 2 misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail for anyone to cause ‘serious emotional distress’ to anyone under the age of 18 by posting hurtful comments on social media websites or through text messaging.” {edited to note that while HB1131 passed Colorado’s House of Representatives, it failed to pass Colorado’s Senate}

And in Florida, a bill (HB 451 – Rebecca’s Law) advanced in the Senate would “make bullying a crime, including cyber-bullying online. The new offenses criminalize a range of ‘harassing’ behavior, both in-person and on the Internet. And a second conviction would send perpetrators to jail for a year.” Bullying is a complicated, frustrating, and sometimes heartbreaking issue, but I don’t see how putting perpetrators in jail would help.

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