Reps. Huston and Turner have introduced HB 1364 which makes it a civil cause of action for a student, former student, or their family members to mess with a teacher on the Internet with intent to intimidate or torment. By “mess with” I mean:
(1) build a fake profile of a school employee on an Internet web site, including a social networking web site;
(2) post or encourage other people to post on an Internet web site, including a social networking web site, private, personal, or sexual information pertaining to a school employee;
(3) post a real or doctored image of a school employee on an Internet web site;
(4) access, alter, or erase any computer network, computer data, computer program, or computer software that belongs to a school employee; or
(5) use a computer system for repeated, continuing, or sustained electronic communications, including electronic mail or posts on a social networking web site, to a school employee.
The tormented teacher can get $1,000 and an injunction. Mainly I flagged this one because I’m not sure I’d seen the word “torment” in legislation before. Reminded me of that film classic, Sorority Babes in the Slime Bowl Bowl-O-Rama where the Imp says “I will torment you. It is my job. You know I must.”