Posts Tagged ‘Law’

ACLU Wants To Challenge Cyberbullying Law

December 26, 2012 Comments off

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A raft of the law may be the first of its kind in the country, and the organization said it will seek plaintiffs for a possible court challenge to change it, contending it threatens to chill students’ free speech rights. The law threatens criminal penalties on students who use a computer with “the intent to intimidate or torment a school employee” by engaging in the same nasty online behavior that already makes it illegal to target a minor. Read Entire Post Here.


Cyber Bullying: Montana Needs Laws In Place

October 28, 2012 1 comment
October 26, 2012 7:45 am

Why are there currently no anti-bullying laws in Montana? According to there are currently no cyber bullying laws in the state of Montana. Cyber bullying is an issue that occurs even here. With, it states, “Does not have cyber bullying legislation specifically directed for the school environment, but does have general anti-bullying statutes. Montana Code Annotated, 45-5-550, Stalking law that can be used to prosecute cyber bullying.”

With this an ever-growing problem, why would our schools not be more active in helping students cope? If more children were informed on what cyber bullying is, what can be said as to what cannot be said, and who children can turn to when being cyber bullied, then there may be less instances of cyber bullying within our community. Read entire article here.




North Carolina to Outlaw Student Cyberbullying of Teachers

October 23, 2012 Comments off

Kelly Poe
Raleigh News & Observer

RALEIGH — It will soon be illegal for a student to bully a teacher online in North Carolina, under an expansion of the state’s cyberbullying law that goes into effect Dec. 1 and may be the first of its kind in the country.

The School Violence Prevention Act of 2012 will make it a misdemeanor for students to post something online “with the intent to intimidate or torment a school employee.” It builds on a similar law passed in 2009 that criminalized online bullying of a student or a student’s parent or guardian.

Legislators say the law is necessary to keep up with the rise of students on social media.

Read more here.


Arizona to Outlaw Internet Stalking

July 24, 2012 Comments off


by Lindsey Erdody – Jul. 11, 2012 09:56 PM
The Republic |

When Arizona lawmakers crafted legislation on stalking and harassment in the 1970s, there was no way they could have foreseen the possibility of it happening on the yet-to-be Internet, through e-mails or in text messages.

Changes in technology motivated legislators to write a new law this year that will prohibit stalking or harassment through the Internet and other more modern means of communication. When the law goes into effect Aug. 2, Arizona will join 24 other states with similar legislation.

House Bill 2549 prevents anyone from terrifying, intimidating, threatening or harassing an individual through electronic communication.

The previous law protected individuals from these acts only via the telephone.

June 6, 2012 2 comments

The Associated Press
First Posted: May 14, 2012 @ 9:39p.m.
Last Updated: May 14, 2012 @ 9:40p.m.

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a new version of an anti-stalking bill that riled social media users when a previous version sought to make it a crime to annoy or offend someone online.

The legislation updates Arizona’s harassment and stalking laws to include smartphones and cyber communication.

A provision that free speech advocates said could lead to people being criminally charged for constitutionally protected comments online was dropped.

The bill now focuses on behavior intended to intimidate or threaten. It also states the law would not apply to constitutionally protected speech. Other changes include specifications that a threat be directed at a specific individual or group.

Supporters say the legislation helps victims whose cases have been dismissed in court because state law hadn’t keep up with technology changes.

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