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Help Dane County Become the Second in WI to Make Cyberbullying a Crime!

We are proposing a new law into Dane County that models a recently approved ordinance in Vernon County. Our goal is to ensure that all anti-bullying, anti-harassment, anti-discrimination policies are implemented.

The new ordinance in Dane County would make it a criminal offense to send electronic messages that, demean, ridicule, degrade, belittle, disparage or humiliate can face up to $500 in fines and up to 30 days in the county jail if the fine is not paid.

Our goal is to get this ordinance passed. Once this is passed, we can move to update Wisconsin Act 309. The current act requires every school board to adopt a policy prohibiting bullying by students. However, the school board may develop its own policy prohibiting bullying or they may adopt the model policy developed by the Department of Instruction (DPI). We would like to modify Act 309 and see a uniform bullying policy adopted by all schools in all school districts to implement a Zero Tolerance policy for bullying, harassment, discrimination and intimidation against students and staff.

Training will be mandatory for all administrators, teachers, counselors, and all other employees who monitor student behavior, including campus monitors, bus drivers, and school custodians. Trainings will focus on harassment and discrimination based on bullying/hate speech of any kind.

Bullying in public schools is a serious and escalating problem.  Each day thousands of children dread attending school where they face taunts and humiliation by bullies.  Victims of bullying experience psychological and, often physical scars for a lifetime.  Victims may also experience thoughts of suicide and may actually commit suicide.  Bullying has gained media attention in Dane County. Leroy Butler, retired Green Bay Packer, is scheduled to give presentation to spread awareness on anti-bullying on June 30, 2013 at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Madison, WI.

 Please support us in our fight against Cyberbullying!

This petition was delivered to:
  • Dane County Executive
    Joe Parisi
  • District Supervisor
    Dave de Felice
  • District Officer
    Erika Hotchkiss
  • District Officer
    Mary Kolar
  • District Supervisor
    David Wiganowsky
  • District Supervisor
    Nick Zweifel
  • District Supervisor
    Kurt Schlicht
  • District Officer
    Sharon Corrigan
  • District Officer
    Dave Ripp
  • District Officer
    John Hendrick
  • District Officer
    Carousel Andrea Bayrd
  • District Supervisor
    Maureen McCarville


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