In Plover, Wisconsin, kids who bully others aren’t the only ones who might get in trouble. Their parents may also have to face consequences. Since 2015, officials in Plover have sent warning notices to parents whose kids are caught bullying. If the bullying doesn’t stop, the parents could have to pay a $124 fine.
Many people argue that punishing parents is the wrong way to deal with bullying. They point out that parents can’t be expected to monitor their kids’ behavior at all times.
Dan Ault is the head of the local government in Plover. He explains that handing out fines isn’t the goal of the law. It’s to prevent bullying from happening in the first place.
“Asking parents to be more informed and involved in their child’s life is not unreasonable,” Ault says.
Ault adds that if the law protects even one student from being bullied, he considers it a success.