Communities are scrambling to solve the nationwide, bullying epidemic. In North Tonawanda, NY, parents can now be fined $250 or be sentenced to 15 days in jail if their child violates city laws two or more times within a 90-day span.
I like the aggressive approach to curb bullying but it sure leaves parents vulnerable. All a kid has to do to exact some revenge on his parents is get caught bullying a couple of times and mom/dad will pay a price. And it is naive to think that some kids will not hold this over their parents’ heads.
At Blitz our new anti-bullying event, Not In My House, is a forceful, school presentation that addresses bullying with kids. It is graphic (talks about suicide and makes it clear what words are unacceptable) and it interactive. It speaks to the bully, the target, the sneezers (ones who aid the bullies) and the bystanders. We are not soft on bullying. However, communities need to think about the potential problems of throwing mom into the slammer because Billy lashed out at another kid at school.
What do you think?
Is this a good idea?
Will this new law catch on?
by Roger Fields