Parents in Wisconsin city could be fined if child found bullying others

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Leaders in a Wisconsin city have come up with a plan to fine parents whose children bully others.

Parents in Shawano could be forced to pay several hundred dollars if their child carries out bullying.

The city council recently passed an ordinance saying that when bullying happens, police and administrators will reach out to parents, telling them what their teenager did.

Police issue a warning first and give their child three months to improve their behavior. The Associated Press says that if the bullying continues after 90 days, parents could end up with $366 in fines.

A second bullying offense in one year could cost close to $700.

Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl said, “This goes beyond the banter on the playground.” He says this involves a child methodically using social media or vulgar things in an attempt to humiliate or intimidate classmates.

The ordinance was modeled after one created by another Wisconsin town in 2015. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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