|Updated: 10/28/2013 6:11 pm
||Published: 10/28/2013 4:18 pm
On November 1, a new law will take effect in Oklahoma that requires schools to report bullying incidents to the Oklahoma Department of Education.
The goal is to track repeat offenders, but the city of Tulsa could soon have a new ordinance that goes even further.
Under the proposed ordinance, Tulsa police would work closely with schools and, if a child continues to be reported for bullying, Police would be able to talk to the child's parents at their home.
Tulsa City Councilor Karen Gilbert, who works as a parent facilitator at Hale Junior High, is pushing to stop what she calls an everyday problem.
"It continues on the bus, at the bus stop, and once they get home as well, thanks to social media," she said.
That's why she says it's time for police, not just the schools, to take a stand against bullying, since schools can address only what happens inside the school.
"See how we can make the parents responsible for the behavior of their child," she said.
That means sending school resource officers to kids' homes to talk to those parents.
The Wisconsin town of Monona passed a similar ordinance earlier this year.
When FOX23 talked to police there, they told us the ordinance is working well.
While they don't have any firm statistics yet, they think bullying complaints are down and say that, so far, when they do have to talk to parents, the bullying seems to stop.
But if talking to the parents doesn't help, the parents and children older than 12 can face a fine up to $170.
Gilbert is working with police and the city legal department on the wording of the ordinance, but she said Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan is on board.