Wisconsin parents could face $366 fine if their kids are bullies

WATCH ABOVE: Not all parents are on board a new legislation in Wisconsin that calls for parents to be fined if their child is caught bullying others. Marisa DeCandido reports.

Parents in Shawano, Wisc. could face a hefty fine if their kids turn out to be a bullies, according to a new city ordinance.

Shawano police are trying to crack down on bullying and said they will be holding parents accountable if their child is found to be an oppressor.

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

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The way the legislation works is parents 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, including cyberbullying.

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If the parent doesn’t intervene and/or their kid continues to bully, then the guardian will be fined $366. If there is a second offence within a year, then they will be fined $681.

Some parents in Shawano said they agreed with the new bullying ordinance while others said it doesn’t help to tackle the core of the problem.

“I really believe parents should just discipline their kids in the right way, and I think it’s a good idea,” one woman said to WGBA.

“People got to learn to get along with each other…I don’t think fining is the answer to it,” said another.

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According to WGBA, the legislation was adopted by council “last week and went into effect immediately.”

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