Carson mayor and City Council move to outlaw bullying
Alarmed by reports of teen suicides, elected leaders in Carson are moving to outlaw bullying.Under an ordinance that will go before the City Council next week, it would become a misdemeanor in the small Harbor-area city to cause anyone from kindergarten through age 25 to “feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested” with no legitimate purpose.
The measure, which also covers cyberbullying, would give law enforcement officers the discretion to charge alleged bullies with a lesser infraction rather than a misdemeanor.
“So many kids don’t even understand the concepts behind bullying and how people manipulate and take advantage of other kids,” said Carson Mayor Jim Dear, a public school teacher who supports the ordinance.
Councilman Mike Gipson, a co-author of the measure, said the goal was to make Carson a “bully-free city.”
The measure was inspired by reports of teens committing suicide after being bullied, he said.
The proposed ordinance mentions the vulnerability of gay, overweight, disabled and gifted children to bullying. It cites “hurtful, rude and mean text messages” as a key form of cyberbullying, along with “spreading rumors or lies about others by email or social networks.”
From kindergarten to age 25? So under this regime one will live in a bully-free bubble then be thrust into the cruel, cruel world at age 26?