A sixteen-year-old (16) girl has been charged with harassment for creating a Facebook page called “Stonewall Hoes” targeted at other girls at her high school, Stonewall Jackson High School. According to authorities, the Facebook page, which has been removed from the website, contained pictures of nine (9) underage girls with “lewd” comments about the girls underneath of their pictures. The teen is facing penalties such as fines and up to one year of jail time. The charges are based on the comments underneath the pictures which were in violation of Virginia law that states “If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he shall be guilty of a Class one misdemeanor.”
Similar to Virginia, Arizona has a specific statute that prohibits cyberbullying: “It is unlawful for a juvenile to intentionally or knowingly use an electronic communication device to transmit or display a visual depiction of a minor that depicts explicit sexual material” A.R.S. § 8-309. Under Arizona law, cyberbullying charges range from a petty offense to a Class 2 misdemeanor charge.
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