Under Indiana law, it’s a crime to send an obscene message or threaten anyone through any form of communication. Apart from criminal punishment, Indiana requires schools to adopt bullying prevention programs to prevent and discipline student on student bullying and cyberbullying via IC 20-33-8-13.5.
Cyberbullying as a crime:
Sending obscene or threatening messages is a crime under Indiana law. The degree of the crime depends on the circumstances
Harassment by Obscene Message
(a) A person who, with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person but with no intent of legitimate communication:
(a) A person who stalks another person commits stalking, a Level 6 felony.
(b) The offense is a Level 5 felony if at least one (1) of the following applies:
Every school in Indiana is required to institute and enforce rules prohibiting bullying IC 20-33-8-13.5. These are to include intervention, parental involvement, and education for students and staff. The school must also provide an anonymous reporting tool.