Police in Wisconsin town could issue tickets for bullying

Police in Wisconsin town could issue tickets for bullying
7.4 -- Percent of high school students reported being threatened or injured with a weapon at school at least once in the last year as of 2011.

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WISC-TV) — When Rogette Koby learned her 12-year-old daughter was being threatened by a group of middle school girls, she said she knew she could not let it go.

“At one point they cornered her when she was all by herself, and they had a large number of them saying that they were going to basically beat her you-know-what,” Koby said of the incident back in October.

After posting something about it on social media, Koby said a number of parents and students reached out to her saying they also had been bullied.

“Although it’s really scary to be the parent of a bullied child, we were able to stop it quickly. There’s other families that aren’t so lucky,” she said.

She continued, “It’s scary when you find out it’s your kid.”

Koby and a group of other parents are pushing for an anti-bullying ordinance in Sun Prairie, which could help keep parents accountable if their children are bullying other children.

Maureen Crombie, alder from District 3, said under the ordinance, police officers could issue citations for any form of bullying, including verbal, physical or electronic. She said tickets could be anywhere from $50 to $1,000.

“There’s only three cities in the state of Wisconsin that have this ordinance. To me, it’s just an opportunity. It’s another tool in the toolbox so that we can be a community that does not tolerate people that are bullies,” Crombie said.

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