Should Cyber Bullies Be Prosecuted?

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Should Cyber Bullies Be Prosecuted?

Sticks and Stones may break your bones but words never hurt, but in reality, words cut deep. Cyberbullying is on the rise and more people are taking their lives due to another person(s) choice of words and actions. Someone has to take a stand against it, cyberbullies should be prosecuted. It has become a bigger issue than face to face bullying. Cyberbullying is permanent and inescapable as technology progresses with time it lasts forever. They way that social media networks are set up its possible for something to go viral within a matter of seconds. Some people argue that prosecution violates the 1st Amendment; others might say it doesn’t cause any bodily harm. The effects that cyberbullying may have on someone physically, mentally, and emotionally should be enough, criminalizing cyberbullying would reduce the number of victims. No one deserves to be trapped.
On October 7, 2003, 13-year-old Ryan Halligan hung himself at his home and his body was discovered by his older sister, due to being bullied at school and online by his classmates. One classmate pretended to like him while they talked online little did he know everything he had shared with her had been shared with the rest of the school. He tried to tell his father but he simply told him that words don’t hurt you and ignore the bullies. No one expected Ryan to take his life because he kept quiet about his feelings. Since then his father has done programs on ABC to inform people of…
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