Kindergarteners to students 18 years old could soon be charged with a misdemeanor in Carson City, Calif., for bullying.
The Carson City Council has given initial approval for a new law that would prosecute students who make another person feel "terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested."
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A final vote on the ordinance will happen on May 20 and it could go into effect the following month.
First-time offenders would be fined $100, a second offense would cost $200 and a third citation would be $300, and could include a misdemeanor charge, notes the Associated Press.
"If a child is bullying someone, and a parent has to pay a $100 fine as a result of that, a responsible parent will realize their child needs some help," Carson City Councilman Mike Gipson told the Daily Breeze.
“I know that people don’t want to hear the word misdemeanor, and I also know that something needs to happen relating to kids preying on other children,” added Gipson. “That’s not right. If a child is bullying someone and a parent has to pay a $100 fine as a result of that, a responsible parent will realize their child needs some help.”
How police will enforce this law is not clear as infractions and misdemeanors normally have to be witnessed by law enforcement. Also not clear is why current laws against harassment are not being enforced in bullying cases.