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Should parents be ticketed for a child's bullying?

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Parents in Monona, Wis. can now be ticketed if their children are repeatedly bullying others.

The Wisconsin State Journal says the approach is part of a larger anti-bullying ordinance passed May 20 by the Monona City Council -- it appears to be pinned to a national effort aimed at reducing youth bullying and harassment.

According to the ordinance, before being ticketed, a parent or guardian must be informed in writing by an officer of a separate bullying violation by the same individual within the past 90 days. A ticket is a municipal code violation, not a criminal offense -- only the state Legislature is able to deem something a criminal offense.

First-time offenders to the parent-liability clause will be fined $114. Subsequent violations within the same year carry fines of $177 each.

The ordinance is meant to stop repeat offenders, and local officials say the ordinance would only be implemented in a last-case scenario and when parents aren't working to solve the problem.

Officials hope the threat of a ticket will get parents to notice and fix their child's behavior.


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