Is there a criminal law against bullying in Massachusetts?

Posted by Michael Franklin
Additional Information: Hello. My daughter has had a difficult school year.  Her high school in Worcester has a bullying prevention and intervention plan but she continues to be bullied and cyber-bullied by other girls in her class. I’d like to address this so she can enjoy her summer.  Is there some criminal law against Cyberbullying in Massachusetts? Thank you for your help.

ATTORNEY ANSWER:

The recent horrific case in Hadley, Massachusetts has brought this issue to light not only in Massachusetts but nationally and consequently your daughter is receiving the benefits through her school bullying prevention program. In addition, there are several criminal laws in Massachusetts that could be invoked in your daughter’s situation which address bullying conduct as criminal with criminal penalties: (1) Mass. Gen. Laws C. 265 Section 43-Stalking, (2) Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter 265 Section 43A-Criminal Harassment, (3) Mass. Gen. Laws C. 269 Section 14A-Annoying Telephone calls/or Electronic Communication. 

Worcester Criminal Law Attorney, Michael Franklin, provides legal representation to individuals  throughout Worcester county including the communities of: West Boylston, Shrewsbury, Grafton, Auburn, Millbury, Leicester, Paxton and Holden.

 

Attorney Michael Franklin
Worcester Criminal Law Attorney
5 State Street, Suite 1F
Worcester, MA 01609