PLOVER, Wis. (WAOW) — On Tuesday Wisconsin Rapids is set to vote on establishing a new anti-bullying ordinance. In light of the upcoming decision, the ordinance is closely modeled to that of the Village of Plover’s anti-bullying ordinance.
Plover has had the ordinance in place for nearly four years now, and Police Chief Dan Ault said the ordinance is not just about in school bullying, but it’s about stopping bullying outside of school along with holding parents accountable.
“I think the number is 160,000 to 200,000 kids a day stay home from school everyday, because of being afraid of being bullied at school,” Chief Ault said. “The parents can hold their child accountable. If the behavior doesn’t change in 90 days you may be cited.”
He said the potential of facing a fine has been effective in gaining parent’s attention to the issue.
“It’s a shock factor to parents, and a parent says I have to take this serious,” Ault added.
One parent said she agrees.
“Being bullied is just very painful,” parent Jill Peretz said. “And knowing that your child is doing the bullying you feel as if you have a loss of control over your child. I agree that parents should be held accountable and I also agree with giving a written warning first.”
Chief Ault said he believes the ordinance will help Wisconsin Rapids because of the results they’ve had over the last few years. The Plover Police Department hasn’t fined anyone since the ordinance was put in place.