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Michigan enacts law Criminalizing Cyberbullying

January 26, 2019

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed Public Act 457 of 2018 into law making cyberbullying a misdemeanor and punishable by 93 days in jail and a $500 fine. Under this law a "pattern of repeated harassment" is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

 

Cyberbullying resulting in the victim's self-murder is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The new Michigan law goes into effect in March.

 

 

 

Anti-bullying advocate Angela Suttner (r) above, mother of Kenny Suttner, who died of bullycide on December 21, 2016 has devoted herself to ensuring SB-791 aka "Kenny's Law" is enacted in Missouri.  Kenny's Law seeks to criminalize various forms of bullying, including cyberbullying, that causes a victim to take his or her own life.

 

(Note: Also pictured above is Rebecca Suttner-Bailey (l) - Kenny's aunt and Senator Victor M. Torres, D-Florida.)

 

 Kenny Suttner, 17, at the time of his death resulting from bullycide.

 

 

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To learn more about Kenny's Law, go here:  

https://www.facebook.com/MissouriSB791KennysLaw/


 

For more information concerning the new Michigan law criminalizing bullying go here:

 

https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2018/12/28/cyberbullying-is-now-a-crime-in-michigan-punishable-by-jail-time?fbclid=IwAR3QPfhpLWIgsgnvbuQflIOQfnWDSyNs6MpEnRsidD9XBtkmwOZKStRaxrc

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