Wisconsin school stops bullying by fining parents
Bulling is an ongoing epidemic that has gained attention after many students reports of depression, lack of interest at school and suicide attempts.
In the past few years, bullying motivated suicides account for more than 6,000 deaths per year for students ages 15-24. Shockingly, there are cases of victims still in grade school.
Society is finally paying attention to the link between bullying and suicide. Still, too many adults see bullying as “just part of being a kid,” even though there are compelling reports from victims. Bullying is an ongoing problem that leads to many negative results: depression, fear, lack of motivation to attend school, and even suicide.
The Police in a Wisconsin town is trying to control bullying by holding parents accountable if their child is tormenting other kids. The law applies to anyone under the age of 18 and covers various forms of intimidations. The harassment can range from taking lunch money to cyberbullying on social media. The city council of Shawano just passed an ordinance allowing police to intervene when physical aggression happens.
Officials in Shawano say they will warn parents after the first incident, but if the child’s behavior doesn’t change within 90 days they better be ready for a $366 fine. And if that doesn't prevent a bully from future harassments, a repeat offender will be fined $681.
Even though most of parents agree that bully needs to stop, the new ordinance has brought a lot of discussion into Shawano.
The Difference Between Playful Mockery And Harassment
Critics have adverted that there is difference between playful banter and harassment, which can be subjective and too abstract since children are always teasing each other. Police Chief Mark Kohl says, responds to the statement trying to clarify who the measure is targeting. “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.”
Some parents are content with the fines for bullies, others oppose to it since they don't believe it will actually work. Do you think parents should be held accountable for their child's behavior? Should a father take responsibility for their kid's actions? How should this problem be addressed? Let us know your opinion on the comments section below!
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