The small Wisconsin town of Shawano is launching a new anti-bullying initiative that is the first of it's kind in the United States.  The Shawano Police Department is working together with the Shawano School District to hold parents accountable for their children's bullying.

A new bill passed by the Shawano City Council will allow the city to fine parents hundreds of dollars if their child is a bully.  If a student is found to be bullying, he or she receives a warning.  If the bullying continues, the parents are fined for each time beyond the first that the child is found to be bullying.

According to an article by  "After the first incident is reported, police will warn the parents.  If the child’s behavior does not improve within 90 days, the parents will receive a hefty $366 fine. Plus, a repeat offense will cost $681."

Do you think this is an effective way to combat bullying?  Would you like to see something like this in West Michigan?