A Bronx senator is taking aim at the alarming trend of online suicides caused by bullying – highlighted by the recent death of an upstate teen – and is proposing a bill that could land attackers behind bars for 15 years.
If passed, the measure would push New York into the forefront of anti-cyberbullying laws, although observers said enforcing it would be tricky.
“The bully of yesteryear has gotten to become a cyberbully, where you can hide behind the Internet and Facebook and Twitter and really torment a person,” state Sen. Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx) said Monday at a news conference in Manhattan.
Under the bill, a person convicted of bullying someone who ultimately commits suicide could be charged with second-degree manslaughter and go to jail for up to 15 years.
In addition, cyberbullying someone under age 21 would be considered third-degree stalking punishable by up to a year behind bars...