Mother Who Lost Daughter To Suicide Campaigns For Cyberbullying Legislation

Robert Lang and Associated Press

Baltimore County Delegate Jon S. Cardin wants to make cyberbullying illegal in the state of Maryland.

Cardin held a news conference Wednesday to discuss cyberbullying and the impact digital harassment can have on Maryland children and families.

The bill prohibits individuals from using a computer to publicly threaten a child, post sexually explicit or private information about a child, or intentionally inflict emotional harm on a child.

Violators would face up to a year in jail or a $500 fine.

Christine McComas, the mother of a Howard County girl who committed suicide last year after she was bullied, appeared at the news conference.  She believes the legislation would prevent what happened to her family from happening to others.

Grace McComas was a 15-year-old sophomore at Glenelg High School when she committed suicide in April of last year.

Cardin has invited Maryland First Lady Katie O'Malley has been invited to testify in favor of the bill before a House committee next week.

Cardin has also invited Ravens' running back Ray Rice to testify.  Rice has started a foundation to stop cyberbullying of teens.

Cardin told WBAL News that Rice is expected to submit written testimony.

Cardin is a candidate for Maryland Attorney General next year.