FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — The father of a Northern Kentucky high schooler caught up in a social media firestorm appeared Wednesday in Frankfort to show his support for Senate Bill 240.
The bill seeks to criminalize “doxing,” or the malicious release of a minor’s personal information online.
Nick Sandmann’s father, Ted, testified before the committee agreed to advance the bill on an 8-3 vote.
Nick Sandmann is the Covington Catholic High School student seen standing face-to-face with a Native American elder in a viral video from Washington, D.C., in January. Following that, the teen and his classmates found themselves at the center of days of online criticism and scrutiny.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Will Schroder of District 24 from Northern Kentucky, is a piece of anti-doxing legislation.
It would make it a class D felony for anyone to reveal any personally identifying information about a minor on the internet.
In the bill, the class D felony would be upgraded to class C or B if the doxing results in injury, monetary loss or death.