This Article will examine, inter alia, whether actions that qualify as cyberbullying could be considered harassment when done in person. More specifically, Part II of this Article will provide an explanation of cyberbullying, discuss the application of Missouri harassment law before the recent amendments, and detail relevant First Amendment issues as they pertain to harassment statutes. Part III will review Missouri's recently amended harassment statute, Missouri Revised Statute § 565.090. Further, Part III will explore the effectiveness of current and pending federal statutes that might prosecute cyberbullies. Part IV will discuss the likely issues that a court must resolve in order to apply the revised statute. Lastly, this article will argue that having an effective federal cyberbullying law is essential to punishing and preventing harassment by electronic means.
Andrew M. Henderson,
High-Tech Words Do Hurt: A Modern Makeover Expands Missouri's Harassment Law to Include Electronic Communications,
74 Mo. L. Rev.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/mlr/vol74/iss2/7