Parents could face fine, jail under upstate anti-bullying law

A new law in one NY community is getting a lot of attention. Parents of bullies in North Tonawanda, New York, could be fined and jailed under a new law.

Victoria Crago, of North Tonawanda, began pushing for the law after her son was punched in the face by another student - right in front of her.

The law was created and passed after parents complained of violence at schools in the district.

If children are caught bullying others twice in three months, then their parents could face a $250 fine and 15 days of jail time.

One mom commenting on the Facebook Page, "You can't make parents parent their kid".

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Members of the North Tonawanda Common Council hope the new law will put a stop to bullying by holding parents accountable for their children's actions.

For Crago, the new laws send a clear and critical message: parents will pay the price for their kids bad behavior.

"Have them scared", says Kings Park's Geraldine Briggs.

Experts say there may be more involved in actually solving bullying.

"I met a mother whose son took his life and that is something that cannot be happening", says Crago.

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