SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) - Shawano is the latest Wisconsin community to adopt a policy that fines parents whose children repeatedly bully classmates.
Police will first issue a warning to parents if their child is involved in demeaning behavior. If the bullying continues after 90 days, parents can be fined $366. Another offense in one year would cost the parents $681.
WLUK-TV reports police Chief Mark Kohl says this has nothing to do with playground banter. This ordinance involves a child meticulously using social media or saying things that are vulgar in an attempt to hurt or humiliate a classmate.
Kohl says the ordinance passed recently by the City Council is similar to those in Plover and Monona.