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Judge to decide on Facebook ban for 'bully of all bullies'

10/30/2013 07:19 EDT | Updated 12/30/2013 05:12 EST
A judge in Sydney, N.S., will decide today whether a teenage girl who has been called the “bully of all bullies” should be banned from social media.    

The 15-year-old has pleaded guilty to assaulting another girl, and posting a video of it on Facebook.

The girl, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, was charged after a female student with autism was punched and kicked at Sherwood Park Education Centre in Sydney earlier this year.

Crown attorney Steve Drake described the assault as “brutal.” He said the victim was lucky she didn't suffer more serious injuries.

The prosecutor said police have described the 15-year-old offender as the "bully of all bullies" and has asked a Nova Scotia youth court judge to bar the girl from accessing all forms of social media while on probation, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

He has asked for the ban to accompany a period of probation.

He said he believes it's the first time in Nova Scotia that there has been a request for a social media ban in such a case. He cited a case in Manitoba, earlier this year, when a judge ordered a 12-year-old girl to stay off Facebook while she spends a year on probation for an online threat against two other girls.

If the judge in this case follows the Crown's suggestion and bans the girl from using social media there could be a huge impact on other cyberbullying cases. 

Wayne MacKay, a law professor at Dalhousie University, said sentencing is individual so it wouldn't become a default sentence. 

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