• Lawmaker proposes fining parents $500 for child's bullying

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    HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced legislation that could have parents footing the bill if their child bullies another kid at school.

    It started out as a rule in Sharpsburg.

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    Channel 11 checked with the police officer who enforces the law and he said it is working as a deterrent.

    He also said it's raised awareness of how serious bullying is, and the potential consequences.


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    After Brentwood and Sharpsburg passed local anti-bullying ordinances that fine parents of bullies, a state lawmaker is proposing more encompassing legislation.

    State Rep. Frank Burns' bill gives parents three strikes. He's from Cambria County.

    The first time a child bullies someone, the school is required to inform his or her parents how it handled the situation. If it happens a second time, parents would have to take a class on bullying and attend a bullying resolution conference.

    The third time, parents would receive a court citation and pay up to a $500 fine.

    In a statement issued Monday, the Democrat says bullying can lead to physical assaults and suicide.

    He says holding students, parents and officials accountable "is the only way to put an end to this scourge."

    The proposal also includes an anonymous bullying reporting system requiring the state education department to track bullying incidents and file monthly reports.

    Sharpsburg police have yet to file any citations against parents.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.


     

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