Saskatchewan town passes anti-bullying law

A Saskatchewan town of 1,050 people has passed an anti-bullying bylaw, a sign perhaps that concern about bullying isn't just a big-city phenomenon.

A Saskatchewan town of 1,050 people has passed an anti-bullying bylaw, a sign perhaps that concern about bullying isn't just a big-city phenomenon.

It's happened in Grenfell, located about 125 kilometres east of Regina on the Trans-Canada Highway.
 
The town council recently passed the bylaw after receiving a request from a father who said his child was being bullied.

Bullying, according to the bylaw, means:

  • the repeated or habitual harassment of others by the real or threatened infliction of physical violence and attacks.
  • abuse based on race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. 
  • taunts, name calling and put-downs that are verbal, written or electronically transmitted.
  • emotional abuse.
  • extortion or stealing of money and possessions.
  • social out-casting.

Both adults and minors are covered under the law.

Under the bylaw, bullies can be fined anywhere from $250 to $1,000.

The penalties for those who encourage bullies range from $100 to $250. People who don't pay are subject to a maximum jail term of six months.

The southwestern Saskatchewan town of Eston, population 1,030, passed a similar bylaw earlier this year.

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