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Parents of bullies could face jail time under anti-bullying law in New York

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WATCH: Parents in New York State's North Tonawanda could end up behind bars if their child is found bullying others – Oct 9, 2017

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. – Parents of children found bullying other minors could face jail time under a new law approved in a western New York community.

The law went into effect Oct. 1 in North Tonawanda, a city just north of Buffalo.

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Members of the North Tonawanda Common Council hope the new law will put a stop to bullying by holding parents accountable for their children’s actions.

Parents could be fined $250 and sentenced to 15 days in jail if twice in a 90-day period their child violates the city’s curfew or any other city law, including bullying.

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North Tonawanda officials say the law is geared toward minors who repeatedly bully other children in public places.

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This law comes after four teens were reportedly kicked out of North Tonawanda Middle School for alleged bullying.

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