POSTED: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:28pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 10:51pm
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — Last night's loss had some Tiger fans gunning for quarterback Jordan Jefferson blasting him at the dinner table and on the Internet.
But, some fans are taking their hate messages a little too far on social media, and some even threatening to hurt Jefferson. Overnight the Facebook page listed as Jordan Jefferson was deactivated.
Captain Cory Lalonde with the LSU Police Department says that these threatening posts could violate Louisiana law.
In 2010, the state of Louisiana made "cyber stalking," or the act of posting comments on a online medium that threaten bodily harm or repeatedly posting harrassing comments illegal.
Each comment must be evaluated on a case by case basis.
"Just because you make one particular comment doesn't necessarily mean you violated the statute," said Captain Lalonde, "...Not only would they have to make the comment. They'd have to take some kind of action or show some kind of intent to follow through."
Jordan Jefferson has not filed a report with the LSU Police Department, and they are not investigating these Facebook posts.
Captain Lalonde says cyber stalking or cyber bullying happens to more than superstars and athletes.
"Social media is prevalent today and people cross the line on social media," said Capt. Lalonde, "although its a very fine line between just rhetoric and what is actually truly threats."
If you or someone becomes a victim of cyber stalking Capt. Lalonde said the best thing you can do is report it to police right away. A victim's report is the only way a police investigation can begin.
A first time conviction of cyber stalking is a misdemeanor. It could cost you up to a year in prison and up to $2,000 in fines.