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Wisconsin city wants to fine parents if their kids are bullies

Parents in Wisconsin may soon be held accountable for their children’s actions, after a city official proposed that parents get fined if their kid is bullying other students.
According to local news outlet WISC/CNN, Sun Prairie Alder Maureen Combie is calling on the city to consider fining the parents of bullies anywhere from $50 to $1,000, after other parents have asked for more accountability for adults. The ordinance would include verbal, physical and electronic harassment.
The nearby city of Monona enacted a similar law in 2013 after experiencing a growing concern about bullying. At the time, Monona Police Chief Wally Ostrenga told the Wisconsin State Journal that the parent-liability clause will be used sparingly, if at all. Instead, he believed that the threat of a ticket would be enough to keep parents from being uncooperative in cases of bullying.
Combie didn’t respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. However, she echoed the sentiment with WISC/CNN, saying, “It’s basically just another tool in the toolbox.”
The proposal is set to be brought up in the city’s Youth and Family Commission next Thursday.


  1. well take it out of your kid's allowance.

  2. ....you cannot fine a parent for a kid's words, unless they violate the law. It's called freedom of speech. So if my kid tell another kid he's fat, that's his right. Tell The City to pound salt. These City administrators need to be legally dragged out of their offices, legally convicted for crimes against humanity...and deprivation of Constitutional Rights and legally hanged from lamp poles. Their over-reach is ridiculous.