Press release: Police investigating cyber bullying

(From Clovis Police Department)

Clovis, NM – Clovis Police are investigating several complaints of Cyber Bullying by Clovis school students on Facebook involving derogatory comments about fellow Clovis school students meant to annoy, seriously alarm and terrorize others without any lawful purpose.

This conduct is considered Harassment under New Mexico State Criminal Law and each count of Harassment is considered a separate criminal offense punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.

Police are also pursuing investigation into possible charges against the Facebook page administrators for Felony Contributing to the Delinquency of Minors charges, which would be punishable by one and a half years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine for each count.

Clovis Police are working closely with the Clovis Municipal Schools Administration and Superintendent of Schools Office to identify the victims of this Cyber Bullying Harassment and identifying those students that are also participating in the harassment by posting the derogatory comments to the Facebook web page from computers and their mobile phone devices.

Court orders to produce computer records from Facebook and Internet providers of the web page administrator(s) identities, Facebook page posters, their IP addresses and other Facebook account information are being sought at this time.

The Facebook web page with the names of the harassing posters and their identities has already been electronically preserved for possible prosecution.

Clovis Municipal School students and their parents from campuses in the school district that have posted these harassing derogatory comments will be contacted by police for interviews.

Clovis Police are asking any Clovis Municipal Schools students and their parents that feel they have been a victim of this form of Cyber Bullying on this Facebook page to contact the Clovis Police Department and their schools administrators.

Students with information can text "TIPCPD plus their crime tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). When a tip is sent, it is encrypted and routed through secure servers, protecting the personal details of the tip provider. It also allows police to exchange text messages with the tip provider without ever knowing the person's identity.

Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders and Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers both stated, "This type of Cyber Bullying and Harassment will not be tolerated in our school system."

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