Bullying seems to be a never-ending issue. In recent years, 6,000 deaths per year are due to bully-related suicides for people ages 15-24. A city in Wisconsin has recently passed a law to fine the parents of the kids taking part in bullying as an initiative to stop the problem.
Unfortunately bullying has always been a problem, and sometimes it’s taken too lightly as some parents see it as “kids being kids.” Bullying is more than that, it causes kids to suffer depression, fear, lack of school attendance, and ultimately, suicide.
As a start for bullying prevention, the city council of Shawano have recently passed an ordinance that gives police permission to intervene when they see an aggression happening. This law applies to kids under the age of 18, and it accounts for both physical to cyber bullying.
City officials will initially give parents a warning after the first incident. If the bullying continues within the first 3 months they’ll be fined with a $366 fine. If things continue after that, they will be fined again but for $681.
Parents in Shawano have grown concerned with the new law, saying that there’s a difference between harassment and playful banter.
Police chief responded to the critics saying, “This isn’t generated towards the kids being kids, some playground banter. This is the person that is meticulously using social media or saying things that are vulgar in an attempt to hurt.”
Still some parents think the law wont work. What do you all think? Should parents be responsible for their kids actions?
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