Bullying is a serious issue, and a new law was passed to help prevent it. While it is good that stricter measures are being taken, parents have divided opinions.
Residents were informed on October 1, 2017, that they could be fined up to $250 or 15 days behind bars if their children break the city laws by bullying other children.
As reported by ABC News, the law was passed after a resident, Victoria Crago, petitioned for change when her child was bullied by his peers at a school in North Tonawanda.
Crago said her 13-year-old was attacked right in front of her, saying a student "sucker-punched" her son and "hit him as hard as he could."
The attacker was charged with assault in the third degree, and he appeared before the family court. The concerned mother then took to social media to raise awareness.
She begged NY lawmakers to take preventative actions against bullying. Cargo's attorney, Luke Brown, is happy with the outcome, saying that his team wanted parents to engage and work together.
A district school superintendent concurred, saying: "We hope to never need to use this law but it's there in extreme cases.” He also confessed that "we need to do a better job."
Residents like Kathy Miller agreed with the new legislation and said on Twitter that parents must be held accountable.
She added that most parents are doing an excellent job but added that some 'are just too busy' even to have children. 'Bullying needs to stop!' she concluded.
Louis Kimmich also agreed and wanted to know where children were learning the despicable behavior from, because 'apples don't fall far from the tree.'
According to Simple Most, not all residents are in favor of the new law, and enraged parents took to social media to raise their concerns and opinions.
A Twitter user known only as Main-Vein10 said that parents shouldn't be held accountable for their children's action because some great parents have children who are bullies, and some horrible parents have children who fight against bullying.
Allie Alberigo said it would be unconstitutional to blame the parents for their children's actions.