Louisiana cyberbullying law takes effect

Today, Louisiana House Bill 1259, becomes law, putting the state among 30 with some form of legislation targeting those engaging in cyberbullying in all its forms. Separated from an existing law covering cyber stalking, the cyberbullying law focuses on addressing children using the Internet to taunt and harass other children. “Cyberbullying is the transmission of any electronic textual, visual, written or oral communication with the malicious and willful intent to coerce, abuse, torment or intimidate a person under the age of eighteen,” according HB 1259, penned by state Rep. Roy Burrell, who is running for mayor of Shreveport.

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