This is a scene that, unfortunately, has become part of our everyday life.
The worst part of it is what social media has done to magnify the bullying. The range of harm is exponential.
The city council of Shawano in Wisconsin passed an anti-bullying ordinance.
The new ordinance makes parents responsible for their children’s bullying.
“We feel without getting the parent involved, just giving a ticket or fining someone out of this isn’t the answer,” said Chief Mark Kohl of the Shawano Police Department.
Parents get a warning. They have 90 days to address the child’s behavior. This procedure gives the parents the possibility to act and help their child make a change in their behavior.
If nothing changes within that period, the parents will be fined with $ 366. If another offense occurs within the same year, that second offense will equal a fine of $681.
Some people agree with this, some don’t. But everyone aknows is that something has to be done.
“This isn’t generated towards the kids being kids, some playground banter. This is the person that is meticulously using social media or saying things that are vulgar in an attempt to hurt, discredit, and really demean a person.”