There’s no question that cyber-bullying has become a national dilemma. There are countless stories of teens mounting personal attacks and creating mob-like agendas against other children. Indeed, bullying is nothing new, but the added dimension of being able to broadcast attacks has far-reaching implications. Because of how pervasive cyber-attacks can be (i.e. forcing children to change schools and sometimes leading to suicide) there are many who believe that such bullying should be considered a crime.
While there is no federal law that specifically addresses cyber-bullying, there are state laws that prevent bullying and harassing behavior based on a number of characteristics, including race, sexual orientation religion and even mental or physical disability.
In fact, schools that discover that a child is being bullied based on federally protected classes (i.e. race sex, religion) are required to address these problems. While it may be universally accepted that people who partake in cyber-bullying should be stopped, it is not always easy to be accused of bullying or to be the subject of an anti-bullying investigation. The same mob mentality that can make life unbearable for the subject of a bullying campaign can affect one being accused of bullying as well.
Additionally, the legal consequences of a criminal record and the reduction of opportunities because of a criminal conviction are important considerations that justify the need for experienced legal counsel. As such, if you have been accused bullying or have been charged with a crime, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.
The preceding is not legal advice.