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    Cyberbullies get First Amendment protection from court
    By Aaron Short

    July 1, 2014 | 9:37pm


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    Bullies hiding behind computer screens now have the First Amendment to protect them.

    The state’s highest court on Tuesday struck down an Albany County law that criminalized cyberbullying, crimping government efforts to crack down on electronic harassment.

    In a 5-2 ruling, the Court of Appeals ruled that the local law was “overbroad” and trampled free-speech rights of online tormentors.

    “Although the First Amendment may not give defendant the right to engage in these activities, the text of Albany County’s law envelops far more than acts of cyberbullying against children by criminalizing a variety of constitutionally protected modes of expression,” the decision said.

    County legislators passed the law in response to an Albany-area teen who created a Facebook page to harass and embarrass classmates in 2010.

    The ruling will force New York City’s lawmakers to change tactics.

    “I’m not happy with the court’s decision,” said City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Queens). “Your right to throw a punch ends at someone else’s nose and I think your right to post an insult should end where it affects a child’s mental state.”

    But free-speech advocates say making cyberbullying a crime won’t stop thuggish kids from picking on their victims.

    “Cyberbullying is a serious concern that all communities must confront, but there are better and more constructive ways to address the problem than giving children criminal records,” said NYCLU attorney Corey Stoughton, lead counsel on the case.

    “Communities across New York and the nation should take note that criminalizing First Amendment activity is unlawful and does nothing to address the causes of bullying or prevent it from taking place,” he said.

    A 2011 city Health Department study found 18 percent of high school students were bullied on school property and 16 percent were victims of cyberbullying.

    A state law that went into effect the following year required city schools to report bullying episodes.

    But 80 percent of schools reported no incidents during the 2012-2013 school year.

    Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña told principals that bullying appeared “pervasive” in city schools after a 14-year-old stabbed his tormentor at a Bronx middle school last month. She promised to hire extra guidance counselors and coordinate with hospitals to address harassment.

    Council members are also considering legislation requiring the city to offer anti-bullying instruction in public schools. And Weprin said he would seek additional solutions to stop online oppression.

    “Hopefully we will get a chance to come up with laws that pass the test the Court of Appeals has set while still treating cyberbullying as strictly as possible
     
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    GREEN LIGHT :roper:
     
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    We don't need more laws - we need better parents to teach right and wrong.
     
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    Parents are to busy sexting on their iPhones. :coffee:
     
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    And being concerned with pot legalization
     
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    Cyberbullies ? :bigcry: Are Mean. :bigcry::tantrum:
     
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    Such pussies lol.
     
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    Mack and Zinnger should be happy about this.

    :p
     
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    in times of trouble my mind finds solace knowing that in utopiast China, everyone works peacefully in the rice field, and no one bullies others.
     
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