The Wisconsin town of Monona has taken a big step in the effort to fight bullying with an unusual new law, threatening to fine both the bully and his or her parents upward of $114.
“We don’t have a bullying problem any more than anywhere else, but it’s been escalating nationally, we just want to try to take an extra step to fight it,” Monona Police Sgt. Ryan Losby told Yahoo! Shine. “It’s for the parents out there who either won’t do anything to try and stop their kids from bullying, or for those who encourage it.”
Losby, who drafted the law after being inspired by a similar, 2010 law in nearby Milton, said the new ordinance is meant only as a last resort when dealing with parents of bullies who refuse to cooperate with the school and police. The part that targets moms and dads, called the “parental responsibility” piece of the law, can fine the parents of a bully $114 for a first offense and $177 for subsequent ones, but only after sufficient warning, in writing.( Collapse )[Source]I'm not much a fan of this. For one, I kinda doubt the good it will do. Those who have money but don't care their kids are bullies can just pay the fine and that's it. Those too poor to afford it and don't care their kids are bullies are just going to be angry at their kids. The parents who do care, it seems like there are better ways to get their attention. And also, my opinion isn't an overly popular one, but I've seen enough studies stating that bullies are often victims themselves that I'm very uncomfortable with (entirely unconnected) punishment being the primary solution used to stop bullying.
*Not sure if it was needed, but added a trigger warning for suicide because there is a brief mention of a suicide due to bullying (no graphic details)