(WMC-TV) - The click of the mouse could leave you in jail. That is the lesson being taught to some Mid-South students in an effort to beef up cyber security.
Some folks living in DeSoto County feel the attorney general's initiative could be a matter of life and death. To them cyberbullying is a problem that must be stopped.
Harsh words can be devastating. That is especially so for the youth.
"I feel sad, because they're gonna be at school one day, happy and all excited, then all of a sudden tomorrow I don't see them," said Brandy Keokanlaya.
Unless it is stopped it can lead to danger, like the case of Donterrius Jackson who was shot and killed in Tunica. Shooting suspect Cortez Bass is behind bars for cyberstalking and murder.
Bass had previously been kicked out of school for cyberbullying Donterrius.
"That's wrong, like, you're the cause of someone dying, and that's probably why some of us kids do die because of bullying," said Keokanlaya.
Attorney general Jim Hood is taking the initiative by launching an online safety awareness campaign targeting Mississippi students.
"We want our students to be aware that if something is posted that it can be traced and that it can be libelous," said Lee Caldwell, DeSoto County Schools.
Schoolteacher Delois Oliver says parents have to explain the consequences of cyberbullying.
"To them they didn't think it was anything. They thought they were just joking around," said Oliver.
The bottom line is cyberbullying is a crime and can land students behind bars.
The attorney general is inviting all Mississippians to take an active role in this initiative.
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