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Local mother reacts to new anti-bullying law

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Region 8 mother thinks a new anti-bullying city ordinance in a Wisconsin town would benefit Arkansas.

According to a television station in Wisconsin, the new law that Shawano city council passed could cost parents a pretty penny if their child is a bully.

The ordinance allows parents to be fined nearly $700 if police believe their child consistently bullies after being warned.

Kristina Addison-Brown, mother of 5-year-old Isaac, said she knows the effects of the harmful behavior.

She said her son already has faced death threats on a bus.

Addison-Brown said no one was held accountable for those threats, which is not what she expected to happen. 

“Essentially our child was told to avoid the bullies that were much older than him,” she said.

Addison-Brown said implementing a law like this in Jonesboro would not be a bad idea.

“Do I feel like the parents knowing about it and maybe having additional responsibility, it being forced upon them, do I think that would help? Probably,” she said.

In her son’s case, she believes he was just not taken seriously.

“We teach them to trust adults and that they can go to adults for help when something like that is happening, and he did not get that,” she said.

Isaac’s mother believes getting parents involved, like the city of Shawano is doing, could limit childhood bullying.

The idea is something she plans to discuss with Jonesboro city leaders.

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