KCMO council passes anti-bullying ordinance that fines parents for kids’ bullying

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The so-called anti-bullying ordinance was approved by the full City Council.

Last month, after hearing testimony from people who said they were bullied, the Public Safety Committee unanimously passed it with a 4 to 0 vote.

As of Sunday, parents of children who bully will have the option of attending a training class to prevent bullying or face fines up to $1,000.

The law would also include cyber bullying.

Some studies show that 42% of kids have been bullied on-line.

According to the American Medical Association, 3.2 million kids are victims of moderate to serious bullying.

“I think that’s great. Anything they can do to keep our kids be safer, I think that’s a wonderful thing,” said Keely Golden, a parent.

“We’ve done this in a responsible way. There’s no additional resources on the school district required,” said Scott Taylor, councilman from the 6th District at Large.

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