Often, bullying feels like something almost inevitable. It's very rare to find a child who has never been bullied nor bullied anyone. Some would even argue it's a rite of passage in middle and high school – but the fact remains that it is, for all intents and purposes, a crime that is being allowed to continue to happen. Many say that lax school policies or parents, who can find themselves feeling an odd sense of relief – pride, even – at the fact that their children are the ones doing the bullying, rather than being bullied, are the ones to blame.

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With a new school shooting having taken place in Antigo, Wisconsin, just a few weeks ago, everyone's mind is on trying to find new ways to monitor and prevent harassment, as Fox 6 Now reports Jakob Wagner, the 18-year-old gunman involved, was a victim of bullying. Now, officials in Shawano, Wis., have put into motion a new way of keeping a handle on children who frequently bully others – by fining the parents for every repeated offense, Fox 6 Now says.

Shawano police officials will reportedly be speaking to parents of bullies, asking their parents to talk to their children and attempt to put a stop to it. If, after 90 days, the children are still found bullying, the parents will be fined $366, Fox 6 Now informs, and another $681 if there is a second offense within the year. 

"If it happens on school property, they have their own policies and procedures that we don’t enforce and we don’t get involved with. This is basically [for] off the school grounds, outside of school hours," said Mark Kohl, chief of police for Shawano, according to the Huffington Post. This feels especially necessary because bullying can frequently occur after school hours, when supervision is virtually impossible. 

Though there are several skeptics of the new ordinance among parents in Shawano, one local mother has been wholeheartedly supportive of the news. Kylee Jones' 16-year-old son suffers from autism and is repeatedly a victim of bullying. "He shouldn't have to even deal with it. I don't think he should have to come to me every day and say 'well, it happened again,'" Jones tearfully told We Are Green Bay.

"Not that I am okay with what happened in Antigo, but I can see..." she said, about how bullying can affect young minds in more ways than one. "You know, thank God my son is strong and I appreciate him being strong. I give him so much credit," she said.

Police chief Kohl has reportedly been communicating with other police agencies in the country about implementing the ordinance elsewhere, as it has garnered considerable attention, the Huffington Post reports. "The intent is to solicit help from the parents," he said, "and work in partnership with them."