Small North Texas Town Becomes First In State To Criminalize Bullying

The Crandall City Council voted unanimously on Monday to make bullying a criminal offense in their town.

Crandall, TX – A small north Texas town has become the first in the state of Texas to criminalize bullying.

The Crandall City Council unanimously voted to make bullying a misdemeanor offense on Monday, KLUV reported.

Suspects who are convicted under the new ordinance face a fine of up to $500, according to KXAS.

“All people growing up through any era of time has been bullied somewhere, in some time, [or] we know somebody that has been,” Crandall Mayor Danny Kirbie told KLUV. “I think we as Crandall, we’re going to take a step to try to move forward to how can we fix it.”

It is unclear how the new ordinance will affect school campuses.

“It’s brand-new for us,” Crandall Police Chief Dean Winters told KTVT. “We’re glad to have it. We’re going to be learning what we can specifically do and try to work with the school district.”

The state of Texas has anti-bullying measures in place, in the form of “David’s Law,” which was passed in 2017 and updated the law to include cyberbullying, according to the Texas School Administrators’ Legal Digest.

It also changed the old law’s definition of bullying from a pattern of acts to “a single significant act.”

But some people think the state law isn’t enough and hope local ordinances will fill in the gaps.

Crandall resident Audrey Hirth, 16, said she was forced to change schools due to being bullied by her peers, KTVT reported.

“People would text me and sometimes they’d tell me to kill myself,” Hirth told the news outlet.

“I ended up hurting myself because I felt, like, worthless, and like everyone hated me,” she explained.

Hirth said she is still working with a counselor to deal with her traumatic experiences.

“I’m glad something’s being done,” she said of the new law. “But I just feel like kids will still do it.”

Comments (34)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Does this new law include an exemption, or exception, for on duty LEOs?

flybynight
flybynight

All Hail troll hole Booger's!!!!

Pat1978
Pat1978

This law seems like a horrible idea and the worst kind of slippery slope.

Baldgsxr
Baldgsxr

I think it’s a great. If parents won’t raise kids with values the law should step in. It can make a difference in both kids lives. Maybe the bully can grow up not being an asshole.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

“People would text me and sometimes they’d tell me to kill myself,” Hirth told the news outlet.

Block their numbers or turn off your phone. Problem solved.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

This isn't a law enforcement matter, this is a parenting failure. criminalizing it has good intentions, but i don't see it being anything more than a slippery slope that LEOs shouldn't be involved in.

Pipkinrahl
Pipkinrahl

What exactly is bullying? Calling someone "He/she" if they prefer "she/he" because you don't agree with celebrating mental illness. Who gets bullied there, the one not being called their preferred pronoun or the one being forced to use pronouns that they don't agree with? How about the MAGA hat guy who gets yelled at, is he bullied by the psycho lefty or is the psycho lefty bullied by the expression of free speech. I'll i'm seeing here is a ton of baby oil being poured down a steep slope.

Bailey17
Bailey17

Do you have any children? Do you know what it’s like to be bullied even as an adult? Think of a family member that may have gone through a bullying situation what would you do for them.....oh I get it....NOTHING....🤦🏼‍♀️ I totally agree with this and support it 100%!!!!

Musicray
Musicray

Hopefully they setup some good guide lines... and include verbal abuse from both men and women

S C
S C

Instead of creating adults who can handle societal problems, we continue to foster the idea of cradle-to-grave government protection, succeeding only in creating more helpless victims. How about we teach people how to stand up for themselves and hand their own issues instead of the taxpayer?

CheckYourself
CheckYourself

Think they need to do a background on her. Little miss innocent is not !!