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Topic: Cyber bullying should be a criminal offense. Pro (Agree) 1. The Sydney Morning Herald a. Summary: Many laws are being put in place to stop cyber bulling due to so many reports. b. Statics: A recent study shows that, of bullies surveyed, 70 per cent had engaged only in cyber-bullying. c. Actions being put into place: NSW Crimes Act is a criminal offence to harass or intimidate a school student while the student is at school. The Commonwealth Criminal Codes sets out an offence of using a carriage service (such as a mobile phone service or the internet) in a way that is menacing, harassing or offensive. The maximum penalty for committing the offence is 3 years imprisonment. 2. NY Times a. Suicides are as a tragic response to bullying but also rare. If a bully crosses the line between freedom of speech, and invasion of privacy, or harassment, the person should be charged with those crimes. b. Bullies “cause” suicides in the same way that a man “causes” the suicide of a lover he spurns. 3. Bullyingstatics.org a. Bullying can come in forms like sending mean messages or threats to a person's email account or cell phone, spreading rumors online or through texts, posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages, and taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet. b. Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs. Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet. 4. Cyber bullying Research Center a. Negative effects that cyber bullying can have on a person report feeling depressed, sad, angry, and frustrated. 5. Cyber bullying Research Center a. J.S. v. Bethlehem Area School District (2000), the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania reviewed the

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