The time has come in our nation when we have finally started to address the issue of bullying. What was long considered to be a natural part of growing up has become a national discussion on how to create safe places and nurturing environments for our children.
Realizing that the behavior of children is both something they learn through observing adults, and that can be redirected through the proper measures, on Wisconsin town has come up with an interesting plan to stop bullies. You are going to love their idea.
The Shawano city council just approved a new ordinance that allows the local police department to intervene in cases of bullying. The law applies to any child under the age of eighteen years old and is designed to target a number of types of harassment, from stealing lunch money to cyberbullying.
Parents of minors who are accused of these actions will receive a warning and a ninety-day probationary term in which to change their child’s behavior. If they do not, the parent will receive a $366 fine for the first offense and $681 fine for each repeat offense.
The idea is that bullying both begins at home and needs to be dealt with by the parents.
A large majority of parents in town seem to in favor of such a measure, but there are a few who find it problematic.