CARSON CITY, Nev. (KXNT) – School bullies and cyber bullies could face criminal charges if a new bill passes.
The Senate Education Committee is set on Friday to hear SB275, which expands the definition of bullying to include single acts and not just habitual teasing. It also makes a first bullying offense a misdemeanor, a second offense a gross misdemeanor, and a third offense a low-level felony.
The bill defines bullying as any act, or verbal or written communication, that makes a student reasonably fear for his safety.
It also includes anything that creates a hostile environment at school, on the school bus or adjacent to school premises.
SB275 is co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Sheila Leslie of Reno and Democratic Sen. David Parks of Las Vegas.