Raise a bully, pay a fine

Sahawano, WI (WGBA) Police in Shawano, Wisconsin are cracking down on bullying by holding parents accountable.

A new city ordinance allows police to fine parents if they are told their child is acting as a bully and they do nothing to stop it.

"It creates an avenue for us to work with parents to help find solutions," said Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl.

Police will work with the Shawano School District to identify bullies and notify parents, according to Kohl. Parents will then have 90 days to intervene. If they don’t and their child continues to bully, they will be fined $366. If there is a second offense within one year, they will be fined $681.

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