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Wisconsin city aims to curb bullying by introducing a very controversial law.

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One of the biggest problems that children face these days is bullying. According to the National Center for Education statistics, 1 in 4 children has reported being bullied at some point during the school year. Experts estimate that number to be much higher when taking into account the amount of incidents that go unreported.

Students who experience bullying are at an increased risk for poor school performance, sleep related issues, depression and anxiety. They’re also 2.4 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts and 3.3 times more likely to report a suicide attempt than kids who are not bullied.

..In hopes of curbing this problem, one Wisconsin town, Shawano, is taking new and very controversial approach. They have introduced an anti-bullying law that targets the parents of bullies.

Under this law, parents will be notified when their child is involved in a bullying incident. Parents are then given 90 days to correct the problem. If they fail to do so, they will be fined $366 for the first offense and $681 for all following offenses that occur during the school year.

Take a look below to see more about this new law.

Do you think this is a good idea? Is this the right way to handle the problem? Let us know what you think in the comments.


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