Parents in one town to be fined if their kids are bullies

Here’s an idea I sort of like.

Parents in Shawano, Wisconsin could face a fine if their kids are bullies, according to a new city law.

WGBA News reports that Shawano police will be holding parents accountable in an effort to crack down on bullying.

“It creates an avenue for us to work with parents to help find solutions,” Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl reportedly told WGBA. “At this point there’s no initial complaints or concerns out there, we’re just being proactive in working with the community to address this.”

Kohl thinks that parents who don’t know their kid is a bully will be galvanized to take action but this law.

Parents or guardians of a student under the age of 18 will be given a 90-day warning from police if their child is found to be a bullying others. If the parent/guardian doesn’t intervene and the child continues with the behaviour, then the guardian will be fined $366. If there is a second offence within a year, they will be fined $681.

Some parents in Shawano are apparently OK with the idea, while others, unsurprisingly, are not.

I think it’s an excellent idea on the surface and might curb some bullying.

On the grander scheme of things, if your kid is a bully and it’s the possibility of a fine that gets you involved, rather than just the fact that your kid is a bully, there are larger issues your family need to deal with and there might be a reason your kid is acting out.

But baby steps I guess.