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A California city may set precedence for criminalizing bullying for kids as young as 5-years
By Shepard Ambellas
CARSON, Cali. (INTELLIHUB) — A new ordinance may go into effect in June, if passed by the City Council on May 20th, that would make bullying a misdemeanor for kids as young as 5-years of age, reports say.
The City Council’s push to criminalize bullies stems from new findings that bullying is not good and can even cause health problems or lead to suicide in some cases.
According to an article written by Sandy Mazza, published by the Daily Breeze:
The ordinance would target anyone from the ages of 5 to 18 who makes another person feel “terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested (in a way that) serves no legitimate purpose.” First-time offenders could be ticketed for an infraction and fined $100. For a second offense, another infraction ticket would be issued but with a $200 fine. Third-time offenders could face a criminal misdemeanor charge. Adults who bully would be charged with either an infraction or a misdemeanor, which could come with jail time.
If the law goes into effect it’s still uncertain how the L.A.P.D. will enforce the ordinance.
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