California City Could Charge Kindergarten Students With Misdemeanors For Bullying


What happens when people take up a good cause–in this case, anti-bullying–and turn it into a vehicle for zero-tolerance zealotry? Carson, California, might be able to charge kids as young as kindergarten with misdemeanors for bullying other children.

kindergarten

Common sense is apparently too much to ask for these days.

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.

A final vote is set for May 20, The Daily Breeze reported.

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.

This law is so poorly worded, any good it would do is outweighed by its potential for abuse. I’m all for taking action against bullies, but let’s just say dragging 5-year-olds into court for calling a classmate a “pee-pee head” doesn’t sound like a reasonable solution.

Also see: The 25 Most Motivational Quotes of All Time

Related Articles

Krauthammer whiffs (update)

Charles Krauthammer looks at the war in Georgia and decides while there’s not much we can do, there are some

McCain And The Surge: Conviction Or A Calculated Move Against The Grain?

If you’re taking a “courageous political stand” while obviously hoping that it benefits you politically, is it really a “courageous

I Get Emails: Republicans And Third Party Candidates

Late last Friday, after I’d answered all the Q&A Friday questions for the day, I received a good question that