By Jerzy Shedlock

State, KPBSD officials target cyber-bullying

State lawmakers have introduced a bill that would expand the rules of school-related bullying. House Bill 45 changes the wording of two existing state laws, the second of which adds "electronic communication" to the definition of harassment, intimidation or bullying.
Rep. Kurt Olson of Soldotna is co-sponsoring the bipartisan bill, which is being reviewed by the Education and Judiciary committees. A handful of additional legislators also have signed on in support of the bill since its introduction.

Kasilof man convicted of two 1998 murders dies in prison

Robert V. Freeman, a Kasilof man who was sentenced in 1999 for murdering two Kenai Peninsula women, died Sunday at the Anchorage Correctional Center.

He was 71.

Freeman died of natural causes, according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch.

On Sunday at 4:54 p.m., the Alaska Bureau of Investigation Major Crimes Unit received a report about Freeman’s death. Troopers have reported he died due to natural causes, but the state’s Medical Examiner Officer was notified.

No foul play is suspected.

School district implements mandatory suicide training

When the staff at Soldotna High School discussed suicide as part of a newly mandated training requirement, all of them shared a personal story.

“We let the teachers discuss experiences in their lives; people who had either committed or talked about committing (suicide). And walking around the room listening to the conversations, there were a lot stories about students or friends … who had affected their lives,” said Erin Neisinger, Soldotna High School counselor.

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