Wisconsin City to Fine Parents of Bullies Hundreds of Dollars
In an effort to curb bullying at schools, the city council in Shawano, Wisconsin, passed a new ordinance that will result in hefty fines for parents whose children repeatedly bully classmates.
Under the ordinance, parents will be notified when their child is involved in a bullying incident, and they will be given 90 days to correct the behavior.
If it doesn’t change, the parents will be fined up to $366. If the child is involved in a second bullying incident in the same year, the parents will face a $681 fine.
The ordinance prohibits bullying or harassment of any kind, including cyber-bullying, and applies to anyone under the age of 18.
On "Outnumbered," Julie Roginsky said this is a "horrible practice," arguing that it's difficult to quantify exactly what counts as bullying.
"What is bullying? Is bullying me telling you that I think you're ugly? Is bullying me telling you that I think you're ugly every day? I don't know," Roginsky said.
Sandra Smith pointed out that there is no research that suggests fining parents actually helps prevent bullying at schools.
Geraldo Rivera, on the other hand, said that for years the "Democratic approach" of throwing money at teachers unions has failed miserably.
"Why not try to go to the parents?" he asked, pointing out that there could be monetary rewards for good behavior, in addition to fines for bad behavior.
Watch the "Outnumbered" co-hosts' discussion above.