Cyber bullying ordinance passed in Viroqua

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

VIROQUA (WEAU) - The city of Viroqua recently took a stand against cyber bullying.

It passed a new ordinance that prohibits harassment via texting or on the computer in the city itself.

The violation is punishable by a $298 fine.

Carole Austin, mother of a teenage daughter in Viroqua is happy that cyber bullying is being taken seriously.

“My daughter tells me that people will say things, mean comments or a quick text at school. She got texted at school one time and it’s hard for teenagers to take,” said Austin.

But it’s not just kids that are doing it. Alderman, John Thompson has seen adults in his family harassed through technology.

“I’ve heard of it. In my family it was adults,” said Thompson.

Viroqua Police Chief Daron Jefson was getting a growing number of complaints, and decided something had to be done. The ordinance passed City Council unanimously, and took effect April 20th.

“In the last 6 months I’ve been receiving complaints that people are getting numerous text messages being called names, and having profanity put on social pages. This ordinance was something the city needed,” said Police Chief Daron Jefson.

Citizens must make a complaint to the police if they believe they are being harassed.

No complaints have been made as of yet, but police say it is typical for a victim to wait until it gets out of hand before they report it.

“In the past we’ve seen it go on for months before they come to us. First they try to ignore it, and then the other person won’t drop it,” said Police Chief Daron Jefson.

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