It’s no secret that bullying is a big problem in this country, and one county in upstate New York thinks they’ve come up with a way to stop it – punish the parents.
At the beginning of the month a new law went into affect in the Niagara county of North Tonawanda, near Buffalo, that would have parents possibly facing jail time if their kid was caught bullying other minors. Under the law, parents of such bullies could be fined $250 and serve 15 days in jail if a child under 18 was caught violating it twice within 90 says. The law doesn’t only apply to bullying though. Parents will also be held accountable if their child is caught violating the city’s curfew.
Lawmakers are hoping that by holding parents accountable, instances of bullying will drop. The issue has become a big one in the area. Just recently four teens were kicked out of a local middle school because of bullying.
Source: New York Daily News