If you ever thought the school-to-prison pipeline wasn’t real, Carson City, California is now taking to another level. In a new proposal, children as young as kindergarten-age could face misdemeanor charges for bullying under a proposed law advancing in the Southern California city.
The Carson City Council gave preliminary approval last 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.
According to The Daily Breeze, a final vote is expected on 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. “‘We are going to protect not only the kid that is bothered in school, but when you leave school and go home, we’re going to protect you as a city”, Gipson said.
But the proposed law has sparked controversy and despite supporting the idea, Carson Mayor Jim Dear said: ‘We’re not talking about putting a five-year-old in jail, we’re talking about intervening in both the bully’s life, who is a person who is hurting too, and the victim’s life’, Examiner.com reported.