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.
Under the proposal, offenders would face a misdemeanor charge or an infraction, and they would be required to pay a fine and attend counseling, the report said.
“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,” Carson City Councilman Mike Gipson told the station.
Carson Mayor Jim Dear told Reuters that he acknowledges the measure, which is based on a similar ordinance in Monona, Wis., could be challenged in court. Still, he said he supports the proposal.
“We’re not talking about putting a 5-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,” Dear said.