Raia’s Cyberbullying ‘Presser’ Draws Interested Student Journos

April 12, 2010

Assemblyman Andrew Raia takes a question from a student reporter at his April 16 simulated press conference.

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport) recently joined six Suffolk County high schools for a valuable training experience in journalism and media. Raia’s April 16 simulated press conference allowed 90 secondary students with an interest in covering current events an opportunity to get a state lawmaker’s take on life and work in New York’s capital. Raia took questions regarding his support for anti-cyberbullying legislation currently before the Assembly. The measures co-sponsored by Raia establish codes of conduct for schools and impose stiffer penalties for online harassment. There is no additional cost to school districts.

“My thanks to Commack, Deer Park, Half Hollow Hills East, Huntington, North Babylon, and West Islip high schools for covering my April 16 press conference,” said Raia. “Cyberbullying is a real danger to young people today. Currently, New York is still one of nine states with no anti-bullying laws on the books. In participating in the April 16 cyberbullying press conference, I hope these budding journalists took away both a valuable experience as well as vital information about the fight to prevent online bullying and harassment among students.”