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Oklahoma senator proposes bill fining parents of students caught bullying

December 22, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Oklahoma senator proposes bill fining parents of students caught bullying

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A senator in Oklahoma has put forth a unique approach in fighting school bullies. Fine the parents.

A new bill proposed will allow teachers to fine the parents of students, up to $50 if caught bullying another student or breaking rules. Currently the only recourse for teachers is suspension or expulsion.

In addition, the bill would also set up a volunteer judge to come in and hand down punishments such as, community service or counseling.

The idea is to instill a sense of discipline and dish out a form of punishment, whilr still ensuring that bullies are kept in the classroom instead of being suspended or expelled as is commonly the way at present.

The bill would also set up a volunteer judge to come in and hand down punishments such as, community service or counseling.

Principal of Shawnee High School Nick Cowan said, “If they’re suspended they still have the right to an education. It just means more work for the teachers and the parents, and if they’re suspended the student’s not learning.”

The bill exempts students under eight years old and special education students.

If passed, the bill would start on July 1, 2016.

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