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A Wisconsin town is considering the adoption of an anti-bullying ordinance that would fine parents if their children are bullying others.

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Wisconsin Rapids’ s Legislative Committee with a unanimous vote to recommend the ordinance to the Common Council. The body will think it is on the 18th of June, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reported.

A draft of the ordinance, which prohibits bullying, harassment, and retaliation, it has been suggested by Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools Superintendent, Craig Broeren, after a viral social media event in which a hand-written records of the local high-school girl who had been her colleagues, urging her to kill herself.

The measure would allow parents and legal guardians are responsible for the behaviour of children under the age of 18 years of age.

Penalties for a first fineable offense would be $50 in additional fees, bringing the total to $313, city attorney Susan Schill said. The parents will receive a written warning on the first one.

A draft of the ordinance, which prohibits bullying, harassment, and retaliation, it has been suggested by Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Craig Broeren, after a viral social media for the incident it turned out that the hand-written notes from the local high school, the girl had received from her colleagues, urging her to kill herself.
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“The prevention of bullying needs to be a partnership between the school and the parents, and the police department,” the Wisconsin Rapids police chief Ermin Blevins said. “As long as we don’t work together, we will not be able to resolve the bullying.”

Broeren, who is superintendent of the district since march of 2017, it is the hope if the ordinance is passed, it will bring together parents, the school and the police department and to help in the fight against bullying.

The ordinance is modeled after one implemented in the near Plover Police department at the end of 2015. The quote in Plover is $124, if a child is caught bullying another, the Rapids, the Tribune reported.

Plover police chief Dan Ault said the department has not fined anyone in the four years since the ordinance was passed, and it’s lower than a dozen written warnings. Ault noted that the provision of information to the public was the most important outcome.

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“It creates a shock factor,” Ault said. “Parents need to be aware of them. They have to take it seriously, because it is a penalty. It’s not the government telling you how to raise your children. It is up to the government to plead with you to raise your children.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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