Wisconsin Town to Issue Fines for Parents of Bullies

Shawano will fine parents of bullies for their children's bad behavior.

Bullying is a problem that affects kids in schools all across the country.

One Wisconsin city has a pretty interesting way to address the growing problem.

The city of Shawano says they’re taking a proactive approach to bullying and actually giving parents tickets and fines for their kid’s bad behavior.

A parent will first be warned if police believe their child was involved in bullying.

The parent then will have 90 days to correct the behavior.

If after that time police believe the child’s still bullying others, the parent will be issued a $366 fine.

“This isn’t generated towards kids being kids… Some playground banter… This is the person that is meticulously using social media or, saying things that are vulgar in an attempt to hurt, discredit and really demean a person,” said Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl.

Two offenses in a year will result in a $681 fine.

Shawano modeled their ordinance after similar ones in Plover and Minona.

Neither one of those communities have issued such a ticket.

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