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Carson Mayor and City Council Move to Outlaw Bullying

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Alarmed by reports of teen suicides, elected leaders in Carson are moving to outlaw bullying.

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Carson Mayor Jim Dear said, “Many kids don’t even understand the concepts behind bullying and how people manipulate and take advantage of other kids.” (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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.

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