Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller explains the new cyberbullying laws in Michigan, and says if an issue is brought to his department’s attention, it will be investigated and violators will be held responsible. (WWMT)
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The start of March marks the start of a new Michigan law against cyberbullying.
Signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder in December, the new law states that a person can be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by jail time, a $1,000 fine or both if what they write online causes the victim to suffer an assault or an assault and battery.
If the violation leads to the death of the victim – regardless of whether the violator physically caused the death or if the victim commits suicide – the violator could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, on a felony charge.