Poll Question: Cyber Bullying Legal Ramifications

Chart showing the differences between confrontational bullying and cyberbullying.
Chart showing the differences between confrontational bullying and cyberbullying.

Two weeks ago, as the result of being “outed” via the Internet, an 18-year-old Rutgers University student killed himself by jumping off a bridge. His roommate and another student allegedly videotaped the young man in bed with another male, and then posted it on the web.

Another example of what has come to be termed “cyber bullying”, this case is the latest in what is fast becoming a significant problem in the United States. Indeed, the Associated Press recently reported that since 2003, there have been twelve known cases of people dying by suicide as a result of cyber bullying.

With this latest occurrence, according to an article in the October 1st edition of The Casper Star Tribune, the two classmates have been charged with Invasion of Privacy and could face up to five years in prison. This issue prompted this week's Bank of Sheridan / sheridanmedia.com poll question: “Should cyber bullying be a criminal offense?”

Let us know what you think. Cast your vote here: http://www.sheridanmedia.com/pol... and feel free to leave appropriate comments. Then be sure to tune in to NewsTalk 930 KROE this Friday morning at 9:10 to hear the results, on the Jackson Electric Open Line.

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