No parent would love to see or think about their child being bullied.
Bullying has been a problem in schools across the world for as long as we can remember. It’s not a new phenomenon by any means; however, with the rise of social media over the last decade, it has become a larger-scale problem.
#1 – The Bullying Epidemic
Recently, a small town in Wisconsin has crafted a unique method to fight this ever-growing issue.
#2 – Shawano Police Are Confronting Bullying Head On
In the summer of 2016, the Shawano Police Department of Shawano, Wisconsin came together with the Shawano Board of Education to discuss the newest addition to the city’s ordinances. The law was introduced to parents and educational professionals on May 2nd, 2016 during an open meeting. Police Chief Mark Kohl also released a statement to local media outlining the new policy.
#3 – Protecting and Serving Children First
During his media statement, Chief Kohl explained that the new law has been implemented to ensure that students feel safe and comfortable at school, allowing them to learn in a secure and protected environment in order to reach their full potential.
#4 – Anti-Bullying Law to Cover All Formats
Under the new anti-bullying law, parents could be facing a heavy fine if their student is deemed to be bullying other students. The broad-spectrum law covers behavior that is considered to be bullying or harassment of any kind, including cyber-bullying.
#5 – Parental Involvement is Key
Chief Kohl stated that the fine is designed to get the parents involved in their child’s troublesome behavior.
#6 – Three Months of Lenience
According to the new law, parents will be notified by police if their child has displayed bullying behavior. From the time of the official warning, parents will have 90 days to correct their child’s behavior. If the child’s behavior has not altered after the 90-day period, parents will be issued a $366 fine.
#7 – Not Your Run-of-the-Mill Playground Banter
“This isn’t generated towards the kids being kids, some playground banter,” Chief Kohl explained in a statement made to local media. “This is the person that is meticulously using social media or saying things that are vulgar in an attempt to hurt, discredit, and really demean a person.”