A bill is set to be heard by a Senate Committee that could increase the charges associated with bullying that leads to suicide.
Senate Bill 791, filed by Jamilah Nasheed, would require anyone who knowingly causes another person to commit suicide, including through the use of telephone or electronic communications, to be charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Current laws require the prosecutor to prove criminal negligence.
The bill, also called “Kenny’s Law” is following the suicide of A Glasgow teen, Kenneth Suttner, in December 2016.
An inquest into his death found his boss at the Fayette Dairy Queen, Harley Branham, was a contributing factor to Suttner’s death.
She was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter. Her charges were amended and she is no longer charged with it, but is still facing assault and harassment charges.