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Wisconsin town fighting bullying by fining parents

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Posted at 6:34 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 18:34:05-04

Forget detention or suspension, one small town is fighting bullying in a totally different way.

Parents are being fined if their kids are caught bullying and then continue to do it.

The police department in the small Wisconsin town created the ordinance. Officers will work with schools to contact parents if their child is bullying others.

Chief Mark Kohl said, "At this point there's no initial complaints or concerns out there, we're just being proactive in working with the community to address this."

Parents have 90 days to put a stop to the bullying once they hear from police. If they don't, the fine can cost anywhere from $360 to over $600.

Police said they hope taking a stance now can stop painful results of bullying in the future.

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