California Considers Cyberbullying Law

Following on the heels of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, the state of California is considering passing a law harshly punishing “cyberbullies” with expulsion, up to 90 days in jail, and a $500 fine. As Larry Magid of CBS News argues, California needs to be careful not to encroach on free speech protections. The right to speak anonymously is one important aspect of free speech. And even insensitive anonymous speech deserves protection. Instead of punishing students for what they say, perhaps parents and schools should just focus on instilling good manners.