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Cyber Bullying Prevention Act

March 11th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

A measure to try to prevent people from using the Internet to bully children received a hearing today from lawmakers in Annapolis. The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the Cyber bullying Prevention Act. The bill would prohibit electronic harassment of a minor based on sex, race or sexual orientation. Violators would face up to a year in jail or a $500 fine. Baltimore County Delegate Jon Cardin drafted the bill after a number of publicized cases of cyber bullying including last year's suicide of Grace McComas.  The Howard County teenager killed herself on Easter Sunday, after she had repeatedly been harassed online. McComas' parents and two older sisters testified in favor of the bill. Allegany County Democratic Delegate Kevin Kelly said the school system and prosecutors in Howard County failed Grace McComas, noting the matter would have been handled differently in his district…

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