02/11/2014 10:07 EST | Updated 04/13/2014 05:59 EDT

Anti-Bullying Bylaw In Saskatoon Aims To Punish Bullies

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SASKATOON - City council in Saskatoon has voted to proceed with a draft bylaw aimed at cracking down on bullies.

The vote came at a Monday meeting where a number of presenters told council that such a bylaw would give police another tool to help root out bullies.

Retired Saskatoon police officer Brian Trainor, who now gives anti-bullying lectures in schools, says a bylaw would provide some middle ground between a Criminal Code offence or a stern finger-wag when dealing with bullies.

Brigette Krieg, an assistant professor with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina, told council the regulation must cover all types of bullying, including threatening text messages and the spreading of rumours.

City solicitor Patricia Warwick says that while bullying could be regulated in public places within Saskatoon, it would still be up to school boards to clamp down on bullying in classrooms.

City administrators will report back to council later this year after consulting with various community groups on the bylaw's structure. (CKOM, CJWW)

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