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Today's Most: Bullying a crime? City in CA might make bullies pay fines

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -


TODAY'S MOST...Interesting potential law: Do you think bullying should be a crime? The City Council in Carson, California will vote on an ordinance on Tuesday. If the ordinance passes, it will criminalize bullying. 

If someone bullies another person between the ages of 5 and 25, the bully would face a $100 fine the first time, $200 the second time, and a third offense could bring a criminal misdemeanor charge. 

"We have to draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough and bullying is no longer accepted in this city," says city council member Mike Gipson, who came up with the proposed anti-bullying ordinance.

The ordinance defines bullying as making some feel "terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested" with no legitimate purpose.

If the council passes the law, it will go into effect on June 19th.

Even if the law does pass, it's not clear how the city would actually enforce it. Fines and charges for most things are rarely given out unless a law enforcement officer actually sees the violation. And in many cases, there are no witnesses to bullying.

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