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Parents, students and teachers gathered to talk about cyberbullying. Cohoes High School held a panel with experts to talk about problem solving. Our Erin Vannella joined us from Cohoes with more.

COHOES, N.Y. -- The Cohoes City School District hosted a public cyberbullying forum to address concerns from parents and students.

Board members had named October anti-bullying month in light of problems the students had brought to faculty members' attention. Thursday's forum aimed to address those concerns by inviting area professionals to help parents and students problem solve. The timing was just right too, as Cohoes police are searching for the person or people that created two Facebook pages that targeted eight high school girls.

"This is a big problem and it's not ok to be doing this. I think this will bring attention to not only students, but parents and show them how they can stop it," said 10th grader Jessica Lewis.

Police say the recent case seemed to fit the county law that was enacted in November, so they're determined to find the guilty party and prosecute.

Cohoes Superintendent Bob Libby says cyberbullying, if proven, is also punishable under the school's code of conduct.

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