House passes online impersonation bill


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“The state (Pennsylvania) House of Representatives has passed legislation to create a new offense of online impersonation.”

A student prank where two girls used an email account that was established in a teachers name to harass another student.

While the students should have known better, and perhaps a better punishment would have been to require a public apology to the teacher and student who was harassed, it doesn’t seem to raise to the level off jail or huge monetary penalty, unless the parties claiming harm can prove actual damages.

House Bill 764 would make it illegal to use the identity of another person to create a web  page, post messages on social media, text or e-mail for the purpose of  harassment, terroristic threats, stalking, retaliation or intimidation.

Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) said that under her proposal, the penalty would be a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable  by up to two years in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

The measure would also allow courts to award civil damages for loss of money,  reputation or property.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. there goes my chance to be a teenager again….

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    • Whatever happened to writing I must not harass my teacher and other students on the Internet 500 times? I don’t remember police being called every time someone became upset at another student in school. I admit I am really getting old.

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