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Judge dismisses locker-room cyberbullying lawsuit

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging school officials came down too hard on a group of Crivitz girls basketball players accused of cyber-bullying a teammate two years ago.

Oconto County Circuit Judge Michael Judge dismissed the suit on Friday.

According to court documents, three basketball players from Crivitz were kicked off the team in February 2014 after one of them took pictures of a teammate getting dressed.

The girl’s father, the school board president, complained to school officials and the girls were suspended for the rest of the basketball season.

The girls sued, saying the punishment was too severe. But the judge found the law gives schools “wide discretion in determining how best to maintain discipline and order.”

An attorney for the girls expects they will appeal.

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