A majority of Canadians believe bullying should be considered a crime, according to the findings of an Angus Reid poll released Wednesday, Pink Shirt Day.
The poll revealed 65% of respondents believe bullying should be regarded as a criminal activity, even if no physical violence is involved.
Respondents in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces are more likely to identify bullying as a criminal act, with support reaching 78%. B.C. has the lowest level of support among all provinces, at 55%.
About 20% of Canadians believe bullying should be deemed a crime only when there is physical violence, while 6% believe bullying is not a crime.
The vast majority of Canadians — 90% — were in favour of a cyber-bullying law similar to one proposed in the United States that would make it a crime to bully someone online.
According to the anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day campaign website, a child…
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