A Wisconsin suburb has passed a new ordinance that states that parents are fined for kid's bullying. Parents are responsible for their kids so I don't think that this is a bad idea. This ordinance is aimed at the parents of children who have bullied others on multiple occasions. If parents attempt to address their child's behavior, they will not be ticketed.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, parents can’t be blindsided under the ordinance. Before being ticketed, a parent or guardian must be informed in writing by an officer of a separate violation of bullying by the same minor within the prior 90 days.
The first violation will result in a $114 ticket. Any subsequent violation within the same year, will incur a $177 ticket.
The broader ordinance prohibits any person age 12 or older from engaging in bullying, subject to similar municipal fines. The ordinance defines bullying as “an intentional course of conduct which is reasonably likely to intimidate, emotionally abuse, slander, threaten or intimidate another person and which serves no legitimate purpose.”
Parents are supposed to teach their children how to behave. When they don't do their job, they should be fined. There are too many parents who are not raising their children and the rest of the world is suffering because of it. Many children commit suicide as a result of being bullied. Parents are trying to be friends with their kids, instead of being parents. This is a bad idea because your friends don't have to do what you tell them to do.
Every parent wants to have a positive relationship with their child. Many people don't understand that as a parent, sometimes you WILL be disliked by your child. If your child is bullying someone, you need to make him/her stop that behavior immediately! This is one of those times when your child may dislike you, but that's life. If for some reason, you can't get them to stop, you need to ask for help.
I think this is a wonderful ordinance and I say bravo to the officials in Monona, Wisconsin! If you are raising a bully, you need to pay up!
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