Around a quarter to a third of American students have said they’re bullied at school, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A main problem with this is many parents and guardians are unsure how to respond to bullying incidents—regardless of whether their kids are the victims or the perpetrators.

North Tonawanda, a town located in western New York, instated a new rule on October 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 parents in North Tonawanda can now go to jail for their kid’s cruel behavior in school.

“We hope to never need to use this law but it’s there in extreme cases,” Greg Woytila, superintendent of North Tonawanda’s city school district, told ABC News. “But we need to do a better job and we are continually trying to do that.”

Whether or not you live in North Tonawanda, bullying is a topic that needs to be discussed. If you are unsure if your child is a bully or being bullied, look for signs that they may be lashing out at others or seeking affirmation—then work to correct that behavior, seeking outside support if you need it. Read full article: