New law holds parents accountable for school bullying

A New York town is cracking down on bullying by holding parents accountable for their children's actions.

Posted: Nov. 1, 2017 9:56 AM
Updated: Nov. 6, 2017 3:45 PM

NORTH TONAWANDA, NY (ABC) - A New York town is cracking down on bullying by holding parents accountable for their children's actions.

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The town of North Tonawanda passed a law that requires parents pay a fine and even face jail time bars if their child behaves as a bully.

Officials said the idea stemmed from one mother whose son was ruthlessly attacked by a classmate right in front of her.

Luke Brown/City Attorney: "The judge could give a fine of up to $250 and or 15 days in jail," said City Attorney Luke Brown, "But in reality, what we're looking for is to engage the parents in the process and try and work on a solution."

The new law is modeled after a similar push to hold parents accountable in Wisconsin.

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