Parents and Students Need to Know about Updates to Michigan’s Cyberbullying Law

NILES, MI  – With the 2019-2020 school year approaching, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is reminding students of the updates to the cyberbullying law MCL 750.411x.MSP

Cyberbullying is defined as posting a message or statement in a “public media forum” about any other person if BOTH of the following apply:

  • It is intended to place a person in fear of bodily harm or death and expresses an intent to commit violence against the person. MCL 750.411x(6)(a)(i)
  • It is posted with the intent to communicate a threat or with knowledge it would be viewed as a threat. MCL 750.411x(6)(a)(ii)

“Public media forum” is defined as the Internet or any other medium designed or intended to be used to convey information to other individuals, regardless or whether a membership or password is required to view the information. MCL 750.411x(6)(c)

“The start school year is an exciting time for students and we want to encourage students to have a great year by making good choices,” said Tpr. Holly Higgs, Niles Post. “Students should know the consequences of cyberbullying. While public media forums (social media) are favorably used for communication, what one says carelessly can have legal ramifications.”

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