A new bill before the Senate could make it a federal crime to tamper with a school web site, an offense that could be punishable by up to year in prison. But detractors fear the language of the bill is overly broad and could punish pranksters too severely.

The School Web Site Protection Act (S. 1252) was introduced by Sen. Robert Torricelli, D-N.J., as a response to an incident in which the Lumberton (N.J.) Township Public Schools web site


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