Court says North Carolina legislators overreached by criminalizing social-media speech that merely "annoys" or "pesters" a minor.
The student, who posted the tweets away from school grounds, is at risk for suspension or expulsion under the state's bullying law.
Sen. Arthur Orr introduced a bill on March 3 that would make it a crime if a student posts personal, private or sexual information on social media with the intent to “intimidate or torment” another student or school employee. The law would punish students for all statements — “whether true or false” — that are likely to provoke the stalking or harassment of a student or employee.
A proposed amendment to Illinois’ cyber privacy law would bar school officials from accessing student social media accounts to investigate cyberbullying without specific incident complaints or observed rule violations.
Sen. Ronald Young, a Democrat, introduced a bill on Feb. 2 to prohibit school officials from requiring or asking students to give administrators access to their social media accounts.
The bill would make it a misdemeanor if students post to social media to “intimidate or torment” another student or school employee. The bill would also criminalize statements — even if they are true — that are intended or are likely to provoke a third party to stalk or harass a student or school employee.
A Framingham State University student plans to file a Title IX complaint against campus police after officers “threatened” her during an investigation into cyberbullying allegations.
Miles Sisk, senate vice president of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon, said on Oct. 22 that he plans to give the IP addresses of blogs, containing content that Sisk said was a form of “cyberbullying,” to university administration for possible violations of student conduct if they were not terminated in 48 hours.
The New York State Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a law criminalizing cyberbullying violated the First Amendment because it was so overbroad, it could criminalize constitutionally protected speech.