Well, here’s something we’ve never heard of before: Parents of bullies in North Tonawanda, New York, could be fined and jailed under a new law.
If children are caught bullying others twice in three months, then their parents could face a $250 fine and 15 days of jail time.
The new law went into effect on October 1, and town officials say that it was put into place after four students were kicked out of North Tonawanda Middle School for bullying.
The town council hopes that the law will put a stop to bullying by forcing parents to take responsibility for their children’s actions, NY Daily News reported.
Parents could also face punishment if their children violate other rules, such as the town’s curfew, twice in a 90-day period.
This is the first town in the U.S. to take these kinds of measures against bullying. The question is, will it work?