In Tennessee, a new bill is likely to be signed into law by Governor Phil Bredesen.
The bill expands Tennessee’s current harassment law to include “cyber bullying,” or more specifically, “malicious intent to frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress” via electronic communication. This and similar legislation in other states comes in part as a response to 14-year-old Megan Meier’s suicide in 2006–a tragic instance of “cyber bullying” in which Meier’s friend’s mother posed as a teenage boy on MySpace. If this new legislation is made law, Internet bullies will face up to $2,500 in fines or up to a year in prison.
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