New bullying law generating controversy in NY

Henrietta Strickland
October 12, 2017

The Common Council in North Tonawanda, N.Y. Passed an anti-bullying ordinance that will jail parents for up to 15 days and subject them to a $250 fine if their kid is believed to have bullied a another child a few times, reported the Buffalo News. "What really alarmed me about the situation was the brazen act of violence in front of a parent".

Effective Oct. 1, parents in North Tonawanda could possibly face a $250 fine and 15 days in jail if twice in a 90-day period if a child under 18 violates the city curfew or any other city law including bully and harassment.

According to WVIB, the North Tonawanda Common Council passed the law in an effort to prevent bullying.

"Most of our parents are wonderful", Mayor of North Tonawanda, Art Pappas said. "We don't want anyone to be afraid to be in our city, or walk the streets or go to school", Mr Pappas said.

"I think that these teens have figured out that they can get away with this which is why they're repeat offenders". "They do take responsibility, and they do a good job with their children, and they guide them".

School superintendent Greg Woytila told The Buffalo News, that he's "all for it". "One's too many. Sometimes the police officers are the only ones trying".

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