Deforest women aim to make cyberbulling a crime

Ordinance would result in $500 fine or 30 days in jail for offenders

Published On: Jun 24 2013 01:20:34 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 31 2013 02:29:00 PM CDT
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DEFOREST, Wis. -

Statistics say that online bullying affects thousands of kids each year.

Now three Deforest women have started a petition to create a county ordinance that would make cyberbulling a crime.

If passed, the ordinance would make it illegal to send abusive electronic messages.

"It's very important that everyone gets involved and that our kids are safe," said Bambi Dolphin, one of the women responsible for the petition. "I have a two-and-a-half year-old daughter and by the time she's old enough to go to school, I mean, I want something done about this."

The ordinance would punish online bullies with a $500 fine or up to 30 days in jail.

The petition already has nearly 1,800 supporters, but it needs about 700 more signatures.

The petition can be found here.

The women are hoping to bring the completed petition it to the Dane County Board in the coming weeks.

The three also noted an upcoming related appearance by a former Green Bay Packer.

Leroy Butler will be giving an anti-bullying presentation in Madison next Sunday at Saint Dunstan's Episcopal Church at 6205 University Avenue.

The church is still looking for donations to cover Butler’s speaking fee.

For more information or to help, go here.