Florissant has made Internet harassment a crime. It’s the second city in the St. Louis area to pass such an ordinance. Both have acted in response to the story of a Dardenne P:rairie teenager who hanged herself after getting mean-spirited messages on her computer.
The Florissant ordinance allows for six months in jail and a fine for violators. Dardenne Prairie’s ordinance establishes internet harassment as a misdemeanor.