City coming down hard on parents when kids get into trouble

MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio - A Cleveland suburb is getting tough on parents whose children are charged with crimes.

Under Maple Heights' new parental-responsibility ordinance, when kids get on the wrong side of the law, parents could be convicted of misdemeanors and be forced to pay up to $3,000 in restitution.

Mayor Michael Ciaravino says that it's a response to frequent complaints about teen trouble-makers and is meant to encourage parents to control their children. To avoid a conviction and monetary penalties, parents will have to convince a court that they're doing something about their disruptive teens.

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