New city law lets police fine parents of bullies
Police in a Madison suburb say they’ll use common sense in enforcing a new anti-bullying ordinance.
The law allows police in Monona to ticket the parents of children who are caught bullying others. The first violation carries a $114 municipal court fine.
Monona Police Chief Wally Ostrenga said the measure will only be used when parents don’t cooperate in investigations of bullying by their kids. The chief said parents sometimes avoid talking to police, because they take children’s side no matter what.
Ostrenga said parents will not be ticketed if they try in good faith to address their children’s behavior.
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