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State Lawmaker Wants To Make Cyber Bullying A Crime

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Lawmakers in Michigan say more needs to be done to fight cyberbullying.  A new bill is aimed at doing just that.

A misdemeanor with up to one year in jail.  That’s what someone would face if convicted of cyberbullying.  The bill makes it a crime to intimidate or harass someone online.  It’s waiting for a hearing. 

Republican Representative Peter Lucido is a bill sponsor.  He says this will help prevent what he calls a growing cyberbullying epidemic. 

“If we have these into place, we will put and reign in a lot of the unnecessary behavior of individuals, criminal behavior.”

Law enforcement say they still investigate and request charges for cyberbullying incidents.  They can charge stalking and computer-related crimes.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

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