Name-calling not a crime

RCMP are reminding the public that being called names or name-calling is not a crime.

  • Nov. 14, 2013 7:00 p.m.

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.


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