North Tonawanda Anti-Bullying Law Tough On Parents

Parents of bullies face 15 days in jail and/or $250 fine

Richard Root
October 09, 2017 - 3:49 am
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North Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) - After an increase in alleged bullying this year in North Tonawanda, the Common Council unanimously passed a new law Tuesday that holds parents accountable if their children are bullies.

The new, anti-bullying law means a parent could go to jail for 15 days, be fined $250, or both, if their child is caught bullying.

Incidents earlier this year led to the creation of the North Tonawanda Coalition for Safe Schools and Streets Facebook group.  The group focuses on awareness of bullying issues, ways to handle bullying, and advocates for better legal tools for victims.

The new law has received a positive reception on the group's page.

The North Tonawanda Common Council also approved an amendment to a curfew law that removes language requiring judges to issue a warning to first-time curfew law offenders.

Kids under 16 years old must be in their homes by 11 p.m.on weekdays and by midnight on weekends unless they're accompanied by a parent.

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