Local cyberbullying law to be defended in NY’s highest court

ALBANY, N.Y. – After recent events throughout the country of the effects of cyberbullying on young people, Albany County officials will defend a local cyberbullying law in court.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Honorable Brian Scavo say they have agreed on a county-wide cyberbullying law.

Local Law “F” will be defended as the law heads to the New York Court of Appeals to argue the constitutionality of the law.  McCoy said the law is necessary for law enforcement, citing the recent events in Florida, where a 14-year-old has been charged with Stalking after a 12-year-old was bullied and committed suicide.

Earlier in 2013, McCoy announced the Albany County Bullying Prevention Task Force, which provides free programs and services for students, caregivers, educators and the public.

 A crucial component of the program is working to prevent cyberbullying and how parents can be aware that it is happening to their child.       

The law has been on the books since 2010 and led to the arrested of a Cohoes minor in 2011 who was accused of creating a Facebook page using inappropriate content targeting young students. The minor pleaded guilty to one of the 10 misdemeanors.  However, in two appeals cases, the constitutionality of law has been upheld but the Court of Appeals agreed to hear the case.



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