DEARBORN (the Patch)— The city of Dearborn isn’t taking cyberbullying lightly. The state of Michigan made cyberbullying a crime earlier this year, and now Dearborn is setting tough penalties — up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine — for people who violate an ordinance passed by the City Council last month.

The ordinance also more clearly defines online harassment as “posting a message or statement in a public media forum about another person that ‘is intended to place a person in fear of harm or death and expresses intent to commit violence against the person.’ ”

The message must have been posted as a threat, or the poster must know it will be seen as a threat.

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