The Ulster County legislature is considering Proposed Local Law 17 Prohibiting Cyber-Bullying. This legislation is slated for public hearing on Tuesday December 13, 2016 at 6:10pm and is expected to be voted on by the legislature after the hearing.
While Cyber-Bullying is a problem that we all want to address, there are a number of concerns with Proposed Local Law 17 (see policy-education-sheet) even after considerable changes made to the law from what was presented initially in January 2016.
- inadequately addresses any restorative/educational component
- brings kids as young as 10 in front of Juvenile Delinquency proceedings in Family Court
- invests police officers the right to arrest your child
- provides the first placement after arrest as JUVENILE DETENTION CENTERS where children may stay up to 72 hours before initial hearing
- is entirely opposed as-is by one member of the 5-person Legislative Programs, Education and Community Services committee
- is concerning to 3 of the other 5 committee members
- was written by the Public Defender’s Office without adequate input from community members, parents, or citizens
Please contact your Ulster County legislator and tell them: I do not support Proposed Local Law 17 and I am asking you to vote NO. This law is inadequate and our children deserve better.