Young children could face misdemeanor charges for bullying

(AP)

Children as young as kindergarten-age could face misdemeanor charges for bullying under a proposed law advancing in a Southern California city.

The Carson City Council gave preliminary approval this week to an ordinance aimed at persons, including other youths, who cause anyone from kindergarten to age 25 to feel terrorized, harassed or threatened with no legitimate purpose.

The Daily Breeze says (http://bit.ly/1g3JLNT ) a final vote is set for May 20.

First-time offenders could be ticketed for an infraction and fined $100. A second infraction would cost $200, and a third-time offense could bring a criminal misdemeanor charge.

The measure would also cover forms of cyberbullying.

Councilman Mike Gipson has said he hopes the measure will help make Carson a bully-free city.

Carson is a city of 93,000 people in Los Angeles County.
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