A Wisconsin Town Made an Anti-Bullying Law That Fines Parents | 22 Words

A Wisconsin town has divided opinion by introducing a controversial new anti-bullying law that would hold the parents accountable.

 

Shawano police implemented the new law in a bid to tackle bullying in the district...

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And it's safe to say, it's divided opinion online.

Now, of course, from school to social media, bullying exists everywhere.

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In fact, 1 in 5 American children aged twelve to eighteen experience bullying at school every year, according to the US Department of Education.

The statistics are truly horrifying...

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And often, there are mixed opinions on how exactly to deal with bullies.

Many think schools don't do enough and should have stricter punishments in place...

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While others advocate for the classic "fight back" method. Either way, there's no denying how big of an issue bullying is, and preventing it should be a top priority.

But it seems that one American city thinks it has the answer...

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And reactions to the new law have come flooding in.

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Police in Shawano, Wisconsin introduced a new law in an attempt to combat bullying in the area.

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In Wisconsin Rapids, efforts to reduce harassment in the district were made more urgent when handwritten notes were sent to a pupil in seventh grade telling her that she was “ugly" and “fat" while urging her to take her own life were found. The shocking notes were then posted online by a parent, soliciting outrage against her bullies. 

So, what does the legislation aim to do?

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Well, it consists of fining parents if their children are caught bullying, in person or online. The new law was approved in the summer of 2019 by the city council and is supported by both the school district and local police department, Education Week reports.

First, the parents will get a written warning if their child is suspected of bullying others.

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They will then have ninety days to improve their child's behavior and teach them why bullying others is wrong.

This is said to give parents an opportunity to intervene.

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However, if after a ninety-day time window there has been no improvement, and their child is caught bullying again, the parents will be fined up to $313 (factoring in court costs).

The local police chief has said this would serve as “a wake-up call to parents," as per The Times.

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What do you think? Is this too far? For more on the horffic effects of bullying, scroll on...