New bullying law goes into effect soon

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Reported by: Ian Silver
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.

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mrhumpty2010 - 10/29/2013 9:54 AM
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ashleygo - if what you say is true. Filing criminal assault charges would be what you should do, not hope for an anti-bullying law. I don't understand how parents let their children be assaulted regularly and do nothing but look to the school for help.

Gloria R - 10/29/2013 8:41 AM
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To try to help combat bullying, children should be taught kindness and tolerance as young as possible. The song “Be a Buddy, not a Bully,”-- for children up to 9 years old-- can be heard on YouTube:

udog08 - 10/29/2013 8:18 AM
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This is a meaningless gesture that will accomplish nothing. The only way to deal with a bully is give him exactly what he's asking for. Make sure he gets all the dosage of his own medicine that he can stand. If you make sure that he can't chew or use his hands for several days, even if you lose the fight, he'll never bother you again. Bullies only prey on those who will not stand up for themselves. Stop being a sissy and you won't be bullied anymore. It really is just that simple.

ashleygo - 10/29/2013 8:01 AM
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Finally!! I've been begging for something like this to happen . My 13 yr old son was a student at Union 6th and 7th grade center while there he had a student that lives in our neighborhood and rode the bus with him bully him on a daaily basis what's worse is this other child started bullying my son in the 4th grade for 3 straight years he was tormented for his tourettes and how smart he is - This child punched my son in the face breaking his glasses , hit him in the head with a stick , came to my home with a bebe gun trying to shoot my son in the head , and last straw twice in one week he hit my son on school bus finally my son hit the kid back AND then the school wanted to suspend my child !! My son is homeschooled now which is horrible he's happier but he was in all gifted classes and has such a bright future and is terriefied to attend school . I did everything as a parent I have 3 years worth of emails going back and forth between Union and I , I've made police reports AND got a restraining order against the other childs mother since she to was making threats to my son enough is enough - I watched a once happy ,outgoing child become a former shell of himself refusing to go outside to play , getting upset often and his tourettes 9stressed induced ) was thru the roof parents beed held responsible - when we went to court for the PO the other childs father told the judge "your honor it's just words " my son spoke up at 12 and said "excuse me your honor but it's not just words , Hiltlers words caused chaos and devestation Martin Luther Kings inspired a nation - words can make you or break you " that's from my 12 yr old son plese parents talk to your children get them under control no one wants to talk about it or help until it's to late

Unwashed Mass - 10/29/2013 12:39 AM
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No one knows more about bullying than police. Just sayin.
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