Internet Bullies Beware of New Bill

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 in Internet/Technology

Today, a bill creating the crime of “cyberbullying” passed through legislation, and is now waiting for final approval from Governor Jindal. The new bill stipulates the way threats and harassment are to be treated when they occur over the Internet, or through text messages. If an individual over the age of 17 is involved in such conduct with someone under said age, the offender could possible receive a six month jail sentence, and/or a $500 fine. If both parties are under the age of 17, then the offender will be advised to undergo counseling, along with that person’s parents. If that does not prove to work, then the minor could receive charges of “cyberbullying” from the district attorney, which are only misdemeanor penalties, or possibly “cyberstalking,” which could end with a federal conviction.

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