In what's being called a breakthrough approach to bullying, a Wisconsin town will now fine the parents of children who bully others. That means if your kid harasses another kid, you could have to cough up the cash.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the Monona City Council enacted the "parent-liability" ordinance last week to try to do something to put an end to bullying. A first violation will earn parents a $114 fine; those that follow carry a fine of $177. It defines bullying as “an intentional course of conduct which is reasonably likely to intimidate, emotionally abuse, slander, threaten, or intimidate another person and which serves no legitimate purpose."
People are thrilled with the unique approach, and it's great to see a community taking the issue so seriously. In practice, however, it's all kinds of problematic.