Anti-Bullying law goes after First Amendment...

cyberbullying1This story is an example of the kind of shit our elected officials are spending their time dreaming up (as opposed to figuring out where the cash leaks are… something that our increasingly bankrupt public institutions seem to be less and less worried about for some reason) that should be keeping each and every one of us up at night…

According to four Senators from the state of New York, the 1st Amendment is a gift given and regulated by the State and not the natural right endowed to each of us for no other reason than by our birth as humans.

According to an article in the Tech Herald:

Four New York State Senators, who recently released a report on cyberbullying, argued that free speech - in all its protected glory - should be viewed as a state granted privilege. They want to put further restrictions on the First Amendment, in order to protect the children.

Tinternet-cyber-bully-children-598x903-198x300he report, “Cyberbullying: A Report on Bullying in a Digital Age” was published in September by the Independent Democratic Conference. This group includes Democratic NY State Senators David Valesky, David Carlucci, Diane Savino, and Jeff Klein.

They propose several changes to the law, with a focus on cyberbullying, and leverage existing legal rulings, which already restrict free speech in the cases of harm, to explain why they should be accepted with little debate.

“Some pessimists have made the case that cyberbullying laws such as this one are a waste of time and money because they are reactionary rather than preventative. They may give officials the ability to charge bullies under a specific law, they say, but at that point the damage has already been done. These people have also argued that education is the most effective means for creating change...But all the Driver’s ED classes in the world have not stopped reckless driving, and awareness training alone won't put an end to cyberbullying either,” the report explains.

The goal behind the Bill- other than in all but wiping their asses with the Bill of Rights- is intent on making clear definitions for the terms “Bullying” and “Cyber-Bullying” (for the purposes of prosecution) as well as installing harsher penalties for the acts of cyber harassment, cyber stalking, and bullying.

cyberbullying-fistAccording to the Senators’’ report:

“Some pessimists have made the case that cyberbullying laws such as this one are a waste of time and money because they are reactionary rather than preventative. They may give officials the ability to charge bullies under a specific law, they say, but at that point the damage has already been done. These people have also argued that education is the most effective means for creating change...But all the Driver’s ED classes in the world have not stopped reckless driving, and awareness training alone won't put an end to cyberbullying either…

Specifically, the bill would do two things: (1) Expand the crime of stalking in the third degree to include cyberbullying; and (2) expand the crime of manslaughter in the second degree to include the emerging problem of Bullycide…”

“…the bill does not require that the offender initiate the communication. Further, it clarifies that a single electronic communication can be considered a "course of action" if it is directed at a child under the age of twenty-one years and transmitted to multiple recipients - even if the child is not one of them…”

(For those of you wondering, the term Bullycide is a term describing a suicide brought about as a way to escape bullying.)

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