Parents in Madison, Wisconsin suburb of Monona will soon face fines if their kids are the subject of repeat complaints about schoolyard bullying, according to The Wisconsin State-Journal
The local ordinance, passed by Monona officials on May 20, provides for a $114 fine within 90 days after a written notice about their child’s behavior. The fine increases to $177 for each repeat instance within one year of the first violation.
Officials told the paper that the ordinance was not taken up in response to any specific problem children, but more on general principle as a response to school violence around the country.
The National Bullying Prevention Center told the paper that the ordinance appears to be the first of its kind anywhere in the nation. It also covers cyber bullying through social media and text messaging.
Monona City Attorney William S. Cole said the fine would be used as an absolute “last resort” for instances where parents of bullying children refuse to work with authorities.
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