Bill Requires Bullying Be Reported or Face Fines
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A local lawmaker wants school employees to be fined if they don't report bullying incidents.
Republican Representative Gary Bies of Sister Bay introduced the bill Thursday. But if it becomes law educators fear it's only going to make things worse.
Oshkosh Area Schools Superintendent Stan Mack says the current policies are working.
"The legislation is an overreach regarding the issue of bullying," Mack said.
Mack knows his district's policies against bullying like the back of his hand. He's worried the proposed bill may have teachers reporting everything in fear of a fine.
"Those real bullying behaviors that may be among the hundreds or thousands that could be reported may get lost in the shuffle," Mack said.
Under the bill, school district employees could face a $200 fine for not reporting bullying incidents.
"I've had contacts over the years of kids having these issues where they've reported it, and nothing's ever done," Rep. Gary Bies said.
Bies says state law does require schools to report bullying incidents to the Department of Public Instruction, but there's no penalties for not reporting.
"For some of those instances where they haven't done anything the bullying continues with that child," Bies said.
Bies expects the bill to be voted on in the assembly this summer.