Police in Monona, Wisc., have thought of a unique way to tackle the problem of bullying by going straight to the parents. Adults whose children intimidate others will be ticketed and fined for failing to properly respond to the behavior.
Raising a bully in Monona, Wisc., can cost parents a pretty penny.
Police in the town are now holding parents liable for failing to address their kids’ bad behavior. Bullying fines start at $114 and repeat offenses can cost parents up to $177 every time.
The new municipal ordinance is a response to an uptick in school shootings, teen suicides and cyber bullying. Monona Police Chief Walter Ostrenga believes that solutions to this “global” problem start at home. He’s hoping that the citations will push parents to take responsibility for their children’s actions.
But Ostrenga said tickets will be handed out only in extreme cases. Parents who are making an effort to address their child’s behavior would not be ticketed, he said. The fines are only meant for uncooperative parents — the ones who think their kids are perfect and don’t do anything wrong.