'Cyberbullying' ban awaits Blagojevich's approval

October 18, 2011 6:16:00 AM PDT
Illinois lawmakers have approved a ban on 'cyberbullying.' Now it's up to Governor Rod Blagojevich to sign the legislation. The bill outlaws the use of the internet to harass someone. It also forbids the posting of threatening comments on Web sites or online message boards. The legislation is in response to the case of a 13-year-old Missouri girl who hanged herself in 2006 after receiving cruel messages via Myspace.

Violations would be punishable by up to three years in prison. Missouri lawmakers approved a similar measure last week.

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