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Monday, November 21, 2005

British Parents May Be Fined if Children Bully

"Parents of pupils who attack or threaten their classmates could be fined £1,000 under new school plans, the government has announced. Speaking ahead of anti-bullying week, schools minister Jacqui Smith warned parents that troublemakers "will not be tolerated". Pupils are encouraged to lobby their schools to adopt the government's Anti-Bullying Charter for Action.

Ministers plan to give teachers a "clear" right to use reasonable force to discipline children, and use reasonable force to restrain them if necessary. Ms Smith said: "Bullying should never be tolerated in our schools, no matter what its motivation. "Children must know what is right and what is wrong, and that there will be consequences for crossing the line."

The schools minister said the government is sending parents "a strong message that schools will not tolerate a failure to take responsibility for bullying behaviour". She added: "This will be backed up by court-imposed parenting orders and parenting classes, with fines of up to £1,000 if parents do not comply." By DeHavilland Link to Article (last visited 11-20-05 NVS)

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