NY law that could send parents to jail if their children bully other kids
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."
IMO I think it is unconstitutional. Like the red light cameras. Who blame the owner and not the driver.— Allie Alberigo (@alliekyoshi) October 9, 2017
I know great parents and I know their kids bully. I know horrible parents and their kids stand up to those bullies. You can’t punish parents— Main-Vein10 (@MAIN_VEIN10) October 11, 2017
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."
Black kids are inherently seen as dangerous. This is not going to go well.— ⚓️🚢Imani Gandy 🚢⚓️ (@AngryBlackLady) October 10, 2017
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.'
Good. Maybe this will push parents to teach their children to do the right thing.— JoanneMaria #NetNeutrality #UNION #Resist #Vote (@JoanneMaria3) October 12, 2017
Agree with the new law. Where did kids learn behavior? Apples don't fall far from the tree. Time for parents to self-evaluate.— Louise Kimmich (@KimmichLouise) October 11, 2017
Parents need to held accountable. There are some great ones and some that are just too busy to even have children. Bullying needs to stop!— Kathy Miller (@kathymill4072) October 11, 2017
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.