Cyberbullying In Louisiana

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In 2010 cyberbullying and the related offense, cyberstalking, became crimes in Louisiana as the state legislature enacted these statutes in response to the growing number of suicides related to cyberbullying across the country. La. R.S. 14:40.7 – Cyberbullying, in part, reads as follows:
A. Cyberbullying is the transmission of any electronic textual, visual, written, or oral communication with the malicious and willful intent to coerce, abuse, torment, or intimidate a person under the age of eighteen.
B. For purposes of this Section:
(2) "Electronic textual, visual, written, or oral communication" means any communication of any kind made through the use of a computer online service, Internet service, or any other means of electronic communication,
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C. An offense committed pursuant to the provisions of this Section may be deemed to have been committed where the communication was originally sent, originally received, or originally viewed by any person.
D. (1) Except as provided in Paragraph (2) of this Subsection, whoever commits the crime of cyberbullying shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.
(2) When the offender is under the age of seventeen, the disposition of the matter shall be governed exclusively by the provisions of Title VII of the Children's Code.
F. The provisions of this Section shall not be construed to prohibit or restrict religious free speech pursuant to Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution of
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In 2011, teachers from DeSoto Parish heard students discussing videos about the attack of a 10-year-old boy. The teachers reported the incidents and six minors, ages 11-15, were arrested and charged with cyberbullying and battery. In the videos, the perpetrators held and stripped a 10-year old of his clothes, then showed the clips to others. (WBRZ) In 2013, a 20 year old man from Zachary, LA was arrested for cyberbullying, indecent behavior with juveniles, and computer-aided solicitation of a minor after he tried to bully a 16-year-old male victim into having sex with him. Allegedly, the accused repeatedly texted the victim from different cell phones in an effort to coerce him into having sex; furthermore, he posed as a female and attempted to solicit nude photos from the victim