New York Law Could Send Parents To Jail If Their Kids Do This At School
We’ve just got to come to terms that New York is one of those states that is always going to bring forth laws that don’t make any sense or are just plain terrible.
In North Tonawanda, New York, a law was put into effect that says that parents can be thrown in jail if their children bully other children at school.
Fortunately for young kids today, many schools (and parents) have become more aware of bullying and taken a much stricter stance on it. But has one town gone too far?
North Tonawanda, a town located in western New York, instated a new rule on Oct. 1 that allows parents to be fined $250 or be sentenced to 15 days in jail if their child violates city laws two or more times within a 90-day span.
City laws include rules against breaking curfew and bullying, which means—you guessed it—parents in North Tonawanda can now go to jail for their kid’s cruel behavior in school.
City officials said the law was specifically designed to help reduce rates of bullying in town after a bullied child’s mom started pushing for change. (Simple Most)
Let me explain why this is such a terrible law. It’s really simple: it holds someone else accountable for a person’s actions.
If I stole a TV from Best Buy, it wouldn’t be fair that I get locked up for it. Now some may want to make the argument that the child belongs to you, therefore you should be accountable for what they do. I completely disagree. In fact, you could apply the same logic back on them.
Consider it this way, my child spends 8 hours a day with teachers, they see the child more than I do on a daily basis AND they’re supposed to be teaching them. Obviously, they aren’t doing their job.