New Bill Would Fine Parents $500 for Child’s Bullying

Bullying is an obvious problem in our schools. However, should parents be expected to take the fall when their children are the ones doing the bullying?

I agree that it is a parent’s responsibility to teach their children right from wrong. However, children are rebellious and often act out despite what they have been taught.

A new bill proposed by a Pennsylvania lawmaker could force parents to shell out half a grand if their child is a bully at school.


Fox 5 Atlanta reports: 

State Rep. Frank Burns’ bill gives parents three strikes. The first time a child bullies someone, the school is required to inform his or her parents how the school handled the situation. Parents would have to take a class on bullying and attend a bullying resolution conference the second time. The third time, parents would receive a court citation and pay up to a $500 fine.

In a statement issued Monday, the Democrat says bullying can lead to physical assaults and suicide.

According to Burns, this “is the only way to put an end to this scourge.”

While I do not agree with bullying, I am not so sure that fining parents for their imbecile, disrespectful children is the best route to go. So what, you fine the parents and the children continue on in their ridiculous behavior, and you continue to fine the parents?

Why not issue community service or something that actually punishes the child and helps the community in some sense?

We definitely need a solution, but I don’t think this is it.


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