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New York Defines Cyberbullying, Does not Make Crime

June 15, 2012
ALBANY - Cyberbullying will be defined in the law but won't become a crime, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. Legislative sources indicated there is an agreed-upon measure to address cyberbullying, generally defined as repeated harassment or threats via text messages or online postings, but during a radio interview Cuomo said it will simply focus on education. It will not, as some legislators have hoped, make cyberbullying a misdemeanor akin to harassment. "That is not something I believe we will get to," Cuomo, a Democrat, said on WGDJ-AM. "That is an important conversation, but it is a difficult conversation. But let's define cyberbulllying. Let's have a protocol for it, let's have a response mechanism for it."