Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Do We Need a Federal Law Against Cyberbullying?

Helen Popkin discusses the wisdom of laws against cyberbullying. Currently under discussion: H.R. 1966: Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act, introduced by Linda Sanchez, (CA), numerous co-sponsors.

Meanwhile, Lori Drew awaits sentencing in the MySpace case: she was convicted in November on three misdemeanor counts. Ms. Drew assisted in making up a fictional profile for a teenaged boy on MySpace; the "boy" then befriended Megan Meier, a thirteen year girl who was an acquaintance of Ms. Drew's daughter. When the "boy" broke off the friendship, Megan killed herself. State prosecutors declined to file charges against Ms. Drew, but federal prosecutors filed charges in Los Angeles where MySpace servers are located.

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