Child’s Play: Wisconsin City Fines Parents Of Bully Children
June 4, 2013 by Sam Rolley
Police officers in Monona, Wisconsin, have a new way to draw in revenue thanks to a new anti-bullying ordinance passed by the locality’s lawmakers: They can ticket parents for having children who are bullies.
The ability to ticket parents for their children’s anti-social behavior is part of a broader ordinance that officials in the city say they passed to address concerns about harassment and emotional abuse which could lead to increasing violence.
Law enforcement officials say the threat of a ticket will simply make parents cooperate with police if their children are charged with bullying others.
“Sometimes you’ll knock on someone’s door and they won’t want to talk to you — their kids are perfect, they could never do anything wrong,” Monona Police Chief Wally Ostrenga told Wisconsin State Journal. “This is for those times when we get the door slammed in our faces.”
In the event that their youngster gets into trouble with authorities for bullying, parents will be informed in writing by an officer if a separate violation of bullying by the same minor had occurred within the prior 90 days. If so, a first violation of the parent-liability clause carries a $114 fine. Subsequent violations within the same year carry fines of $177 each.