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Virginia: Del. Scott Taylor to resubmit cyberbullying bill in 2015 session

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Del. Scott Taylor

By Lynn R. Mitchell

At a time when bullying has been tackled on other fronts, it’s good to see Virginia Delegate Scott Taylor on the front line battling cyberbullying, an even more insidious form of bullying that has evolved with growing internet use. After his bill failed to pass in 2014, he is resubmitting HB 344 to be considered during the 2015 General Assembly session that begins in January.

According to Taylor’s office, the bill would cover online impersonation where one person claimed to be another person online. The delegate’s office added:
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Supreme Court to look at case of online threats

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Where does freedom of speech stop? The Supreme Court has decided it will look at that in what could be a landmark case. From the Washington Post:

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether violent images and threatening language posted on Facebook and other social media constitute a true threat to others or simply the protected rants of someone imbued with what one advocate called “digital courage.”

The court accepted the case of a Pennsylvania man who was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for posting the ominous photos and making the violent rants on his Facebook page against former co-workers, law enforcement officials and especially his estranged wife.

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