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Proposed Wisconsin city ordinance to fine parents of bullies

ABC News

A Wisconsin city is considering an ordinance that would impose fines on the parents of young bullies after a viral social media post showed handwritten notes that students sent to a middle school girl urging her to kill herself.

The Legislative Committee in Wisconsin Rapids voted unanimously Monday to move an anti-bullying ordinance to be considered on June 18 by the Common Council, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reported. 

The draft ordinance prohibits bullying, harassment, and retaliation against anyone who reports such incidents. The measure would also hold parents and guardians responsible for such behavior of children younger than 18 years old. Penalties for a first fineable offense would be $50, with additional costs bringing the total to $313, City Attorney Susan Schill said. But parents would receive warnings first.

“Preventing bullying needs to be a partnership between the schools and parents and the police department,” Wisconsin Rapids Police Chief Ermin Blevins said. “If we don’t work together, we won’t be able to solve bullying.”

The ordinance was proposed by Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Craig Broeren after the social media post detailing the bullying suffered by a Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School seventh-grader went viral in February.

The girl’s parents earlier said that their daughter was handling the situation well and that she did not seem to believe what the bullies told her.

The ordinance was modeled after one implemented in by the Plover Police Department in 2015.

Plover Police Chief Dan Ault said the department hasn’t fined anyone in the four years since the ordinance was passed, and it has issued fewer than a dozen written warnings. Ault noted that educating the public was the most significant outcome.

“It caused a shock factor,” Ault said. “Parents had to pay attention. They have to take it seriously because there’s a penalty. This isn’t government telling you how to raise your children. It’s government begging you to raise your children.”

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5 Responses to Proposed Wisconsin city ordinance to fine parents of bullies

  1. Enemy of the State says:

    Won’t work
    Again , like the pigs .. you are NOT suing them you are suing your fellow man and tax payer
    Nothing gets learned

    So here’s how you fix this
    Allow the bully to get punched in the throat and anywhere else until they are reduced to a sniveling smear on the sidewalk
    Problem solved
    Quit making the victims continue to pay for the deeds of tyrants
    Feed the tyrants some shit sandwiches and see how quick this crap turns around

  2. Martist says:

    While mean spirited verbal attacks amongst children are cruel and unacceptable and should be dealt with in themmanner EoS has suggested, the ONLY reason it is a topic addressed by united snakes officials is because it is a convenient and emotional one aimed at the First Article. “Think of the children”. ..

  3. galen says:

    I am not my child and my child is not me.

    Extortion!!

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  4. galen says:

    “It caused a shock factor,” Ault said. “Parents had to pay attention. They have to take it seriously because there’s a penalty. This isn’t government telling you how to raise your children. It’s government begging you to raise your children.”

    No, it’s government FORCING us to pay up. “Government begging.” Ha!! They don’t beg a thing from us. They just take what they want. But what they want most, they ain’t gettin’.

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  5. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “… handwritten notes that students sent to a middle school girl urging her to kill herself.”

    She should have sent each of those students a handwritten note.

    Urging them to go f%&k themselves.

    With a red-hot poker.

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