The Paramus Post – January 13, 2014
“Harassment, whether in person or over the internet, is just that – harassment,” said Quijano (D-Union). “In some cases, the spotlight of the internet intensifies the magnitude of the harassment and can lead to tragic endings, particularly for young teens. We need to send a clear message that we’re not going to tolerate it in any way, shape or form.”
The bill (A-3785) was initially prompted by the death of Megan Meier, a Missouri teen who committed suicide three weeks before her fourteenth birthday after being harassed and bullied on the internet by adults posing as a teenager. Since then, a number of high profile cyber harassment cases have been reported, including the tragic death of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi.
“I’m pleased that this bill includes parental involvement for teens that are found guilty of cyber harassment,” said Mainor. “No matter how much we try as lawmakers, we can’t effectively combat this problem without a comprehensive approach that involves everyone in a teen’s life.”