Suffolk cyber-bullying bill seeks jail time
Weeks after the suicide of a West Islip teen who was the subject of cyber-bullying, a Suffolk lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make it a crime to bully someone online.
Friends and family say 17-year-old Alexis Pilkington?s suicide was not the result of cyber-bullying, but she was harassed before her death. They also say her peers anonymously posted disturbing messages on social networking Web sites after her death.
Leg. Jon Cooper?s bill, introduced Monday, would criminalize the cyber-bullying of anyone under the age of 18 in Suffolk County. The bill calls for up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine for anyone convicted of cyber-bullying a minor.
Suffolk County Legislator Jon CooperThe Bully Frog anti-bullying program