Flanked by lawmakers and about 50 schoolchildren who were taking a break from a day of summer camp, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks on Monday signed a law making cyber bullying of a minor a misdemeanor in Monroe County.

The law, which makes the crime punishable by up to a $1,000 fine or a year in jail, was passed by the Monroe County Legislature three weeks ago. Brooks, speaking at Fellows Road Park in Perinton, expressed her enthusiastic support for the law. She recounted how one of her daughters had been bullied in high school and had created a website to help classmates deal with the problem.

“This action will, without a doubt, send a message loud and clear across our community that the hearts and minds of our children will be protected no matter where cyber bullying attacks originate from,” said Brooks.

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