SC House panel delays decision on cyberbullying

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A House panel has postponed making a decision on whether to approve a bill that would make cyberbullying against children a crime in South Carolina.

The proposal outlaws several ways children can be harassed on online, including posting their private information or photos on the Internet and sending them intimidating emails.

The subcommittee discussing the bill ran out of time Thursday morning. In addition, House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford had concerns, saying he wasn't sure sending a child to jail for bullying was right. The Columbia Democrat says the issue might be better dealt with by school boards.

The bill punishes adult violators with up to six months in prison or a $1,000 fine. People under age 18 would face a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

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