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(CNN) — Giving a poor grade on a homework assignment or picking fights with your kid are not only rude — they can actually land you in jail.
Chinese lawmakers are considering a law that would put parents who fight with or embarrass their kids behind bars.
The draft law, introduced in March, proposes “big punishment” for public insults, threats and other behavior that could incite public disorder or make parents worry that their children will get into trouble at school.
Though the draft law has received mixed responses, experts say getting parents off the streets is a no-brainer.
“Education is of great importance for a child’s social progression. And contrary to some people’s opinions, a good education should not be withdrawn from children,” lawmaker Zhang Zhihuu from Hubei told the China Daily.
Expulsion is the punishment
Wang Wanmei, a sociologist from Wuhan University, told the newspaper that expulsion from schools is the punishment most appropriate for such misbehaviors.
“(School officials) have to take a certain degree of stress to supervise (students) while their parents, at home, are not monitored,” Wang told the newspaper.
“Infringements of the discipline code would lead parents to feel guilty, get trapped in a vicious circle of adversity, and wind up as criminals.”
Opinions are divided about punishments for misbehaving children, including one Chinese news website that debated whether bribing parents with gift cards or bonuses was better than arresting them.
When Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed a bill into law in 2010 that made it illegal to insult or challenge the valor of veterans, it was called the Minnesota Patriot law.