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Parents could face fine, jail under western New York community’s anti-bullying law

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Parents of children found bullying other minors could face jail time under a new law approved in a western New York community.

The law went into effect Oct. 1 in North Tonawanda, a city just north of Buffalo.

Members of the North Tonawanda Common Council hope the new law will put a stop to bullying by holding parents accountable for their children's actions.

Parents could be fined $250 and sentenced to 15 days in jail if twice in a 90-day period their child violates the city's curfew or any other city law, including bullying.

Officials in North Tonawanda say the law is geared toward minors who repeatedly bully other children in public places.

The law comes after four teens were reportedly kicked out of North Tonawanda Middle School for alleged bullying.

The Associated Press wire services helped contribute to this report.

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