Push to make cyberbullying a crime in Colo.

CBS Denver

DENVER - Victims of cyberbullying are asking Colorado lawmakers to make online bullying a crime, reports CBS Denver.

Teenagers and parents testified at the state Capitol on Wednesday and recounted stories of how they have been hurt by cyberbullying.

"[It] put me in a really deep depression, I was going through a lot at that time," said 14-year-old Ashley Berry, according to the station.

Berry told Colorado state senators why cyberbullying needs to be a crime.

"I think it definitely makes it harder for our generation than it is for some adults to even understand because they didn't grow up with that. So I think that, especially for me personally, knowing that I had to go home and see all of the things that I was dealing with at school, I had to see them from my bedroom, from the place that I considered safe. It wasn't safe anymore for me," said the teenager.


State Senator Linda Newell, a Democrat representing Littleton, Colo., is pushing a bill to punish bullies who use social media to cause serious emotional distress.

"We have kiddos who are literally contemplating suicide because of cyberbullying. And that's wrong," said Newell.

Berry's mother doesn't want to see another child suffer like her daughter has.

"You know what really got to me was that my daughter, one of her friends at school was being targeted by the same group. And she started harming herself," said Berry's mother, Anna.

The House passed the cyberbullying bill earlier this month. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the measure on Monday.

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