For months, Korina Correa was pursued.
On YouTube and Facebook, via text message and instant message, her classmates called her vulgar names. They insulted her Hispanic origin. They told the Wallenpaupack Area Middle School eighth-grader that they would kill her, and then that she should kill herself.
“It just kept going,” her mother, Frances Correa, said. “It was a horrible feeling. I couldn’t sleep.”
In May, convinced that her daughter’s life was threatened, she called state police.
Cases like Korina’s are becoming more frequent as bullying migrates to the Internet. Serious cases have ended in suicide. Disciplining students for actions outside school can be difficult. And the problem of Internet bullying is going to get worse, experts say.