California city moves to criminalize bullying with controversial ordinance
Officials in one Southern California city are taking a stand against bullying -- by championing a proposal that would make it a crime to pick on others.I'm sure this will stop bullying in much the same manner as gun laws stop gang shootings, drug prohibition stops drug smuggling, and "zero tolerance" programs stop Pop-Tarts...
The Carson city council voted 5-0 on Tuesday to advance the ordinance aimed at protecting anyone from kindergarten age up to 25 from physical tormenting and cyberbullying, KABC-TV reported.
Seriously, does *anyone* think that this is going to be used *anywhere* near how they're predicting? The way it's being rolled out, they have you believe that little Billy Bully will pick on another kid, he'll get singled out for counseling, and everyone will live happily ever after, singing "kumbaya" hand-in hand.
The reality, of course, is that this will become another "zero tolerance" BS program, where anything at all can be considered "bullying" and problem children - or, as we've seen with zero tolerance, children with excess skin pigment - will get hit with criminal charges far more often than the real bullies. It will become, ironically enough, a tool for bullying, rather than against - any bets how long it takes the bullies themselves to start claiming being bullied to get their classmates in trouble?
On second thought, don't bother - that's a sucker's bet...
That is all.