City to fine parents for kids’ bullying behavior

SHAWANO, WI (NBC/WGBA) — Law enforcement in one Wisconsin town has a new way to combat bullying.

Authorities in Shawano, Wisconsin are now fining parents who do not address bullying with their children after it has been reported.

“I think if the parents know that their kid is bullying, there should be actions done, but I don’t know if they should get fined for it,” said one resident.

With the new ordinance, the Shawano Police Department would work with schools to contact parents if their child is bullying others.

“It creates an avenue for us to work with the parents to help find solutions,” Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl. “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.”

If the parents don’t do anything, they could face anywhere from a $360 to over $600 fine.

Police say they hope taking a stance now can stop painful results of bullying in the future.

“It can lead to other things, drug use and up to and unfortunately suicide,” said Kohl.

Chief Kohl says most parents don’t even know if their child is being a bully.

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