RCMP are reminding the public that being called names or name-calling is not a crime.
While not a criminal matter, name-calling can become a civil matter and should an individual choose to pursue it, they could look at filing a civil suit against someone for slander or defamation of character.
However, calling the RCMP for matters of name-calling can be a waste of police resources.
A recent incident in which RCMP were called to a residence on Tache Reserve for a complaint of someone uttering threats turned out to be a matter of name-calling. If threats are not involved, then name-calling is not a criminal matter and the RCMP do not need to be called.