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A law outlawing cyberbullying will go into effect in Michigan later this week

Posted: 2:22 PM, Mar 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-25 19:22:55Z
A law outlawing cyberbullying will go into effect in Michigan later this week

Michigan's new cyberbullying law will go into effect on March 27.

Public Act 457 of 2018, sponsored by Rep. Pete Lucido (R-Shelby Township), formally defines cyberbullying as a misdemeanor.

It states that cyberbullying is a crime punishable by 93 days in jail or a fine of up to $500.

In addition, a person who engages in a continued pattern of harassing or intimidating behavior and causes serious injury to the victim is guilty of a felony punishable by up to five years and a $5,000 fine.

A "pattern of repeated harassment" is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The pattern means a a series of two or more separate noncontinuous acts of harassing or intimidating behavior.

According to the law, cyberbullying includes posting a message or statement in a public media forum about any other person if both of the following apply:

The message or statement is intended to place a person in fear of bodily harm or death and expresses an intent to commit violence against the person.
The message or statement is intended to communicate a threat or with knowledge that it will be viewed as a threat.

For more information on the law, click here.