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Parents of Bullies—Listen Up! You could go to Jail if Your Child is a Bully

posted: 10/16/17
by: Amanda Mushro

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Each year, over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying. Now one New York community is taking parents to task when they have child who is a bully. The law is clear: If your child is a bully, it's the parents that can expect jail time or fines.

In North Tonawanda, New York, parents can wind up behind bars for 15 days, pay a $250 fine, or both if their children are found repeatedly bullying other minors. But the newly enacted law doesn't just stop at there.

The new law states that parents who host parties with illegal activities or whose kids break curfew, will pay the price for their child's choices.

According to a juvenile aid officer in the New York town, this new law comes after a wave teenage bullying has affected their community, and this unacceptable behavior has largely led this year by a pack of middle school boys. So town officials took matters into their own hands and passed the new anti-bullying law.

The new law was modeled after a similar ruling created in several Wisconsin towns four years ago. According to local news stations in these towns, parents must be taking the threats seriously because none have been charged under this bullying law.

We want to know what you think. Tell us in the comments if parents should face jail time if their child is a bully or if the children should be held responsible.