1. The emphasis and energy would be best spent in enhancing the strength of the
bullied.2. If some one offends openly, where there are others to
witness (in person or online) - the offender must be censured publicly. He/She
has eliminated the protection of privacy by their behaving such in public. I
think this is the basis of making it illegal, to punish openly.And I
have no idea how to accomplish either.
We need to teach what has always been taught up till about 20 years
ago…."Sticks and stones will break my bones but names and faces will
never hurt me." Kids and adults these days lose their own sense of identity
when someone calls them names. Why is that? We can all be "hurt" over
different things. Who is to say what will hurt someone enough to take his or
her own life? It is insane to criminalize petty behavior. It is like trying to
criminalize stupidity. Assault and battery is something different altogether.
Calling names from afar seems so juvenile. What we need is to do a better job
teaching children manners. Remember those? Call this behavior the rudeness
that it is. It is not criminal.
When we become a nation of laws rather than a nation of morals, we will
No it should not. 1) If an eight year old is a bully, are we going
to put him in jail?2) If it is verbal bullying it is hard to prove
unless the other child had eyewitnesses.3) Maybe a gang of children
decides to lie about someone else and they make up a story.4)
Bullies put a lot of thought into being subtle and snide to allow themselves
deniability. Sexual harassment can be as subtle as a man complimenting a woman
on her dress.5) If someone disagrees with someone else's view
some will characterize those views as being hateful, intolerant, etc. Would it
be illegal then to say, "Every child has a right to be raised by a father
and a mother and that this should be reflected in our laws."
Free speech, even mean, hostile speech, is supposed to be protected in this
country. This is ridiculous. If someone is lying about someone else, that can be
dealt with using laws against defamation. If someone is threatening physical
harm, or putting people in fear of imminent assault, that is also already
covered by existing law. But, to criminalize mere words is a violation of the
Constitution. We are becoming a nation of people who feel they have a right
never to get their feelings hurt. Raising kids with that expectation is more
damaging to them than anything else.
Homophobia is rampant in our church if we we try to stop that just like we
stopped racism the bullying will also decreade.
Creating laws which once were common sense is destroying this nation. Letting
bullying affect you has simply become more rampant with society losing there
way. Those who truly understand realize this is just a symptom of
a larger problem.
Bullying is a type of mental harassment and should be considered a criminal
offense. I hope this happens soon. While the youth have problems with bullying,
no one talks about bullying within the adult population. This is something that
is starting to sparkle in some circles. Adults get out of control, aggressive
and start yelling. If you go to the police, they will not consider this a threat
unless the person had a weapon or physically attacked you. Even though you are
not physically injured, the anxiety and the fear caused by this violent behavior
affects the victim's mental health and peace of mind. You don't feel
safe anymore. I hope someone looks into bullying among adults since adults have
even more power to cause damage than teenagers do. Also, bullying among LDS
members is something that has been happening but no one talks about it. I know
of a few stories where sisters were yelled at by men in leadership positions.
Yes, bullying EVERYWHERE should stop.
I believe in freedom of speech, but some things shouldn't be tolerated! We
protect adults, why shouldn't we protect our children? If somebody treated
a co worker that way, they would be out the door or maybe worse! I think, in
some cases, it is similar to stalking and we do have laws for that! I remember
having to stand up for myself. The fights were always out by the flag pole and I
knew if I didn't go, I would never see the end of it! I went and I won,
thankfully! I never had a problem after that. Now days, it is much worse! Some
of the things I see and read are really bad! Think about it, as adults, most of
us would not take it! We would leave or do something! What can the kids do? They
have to go to school. Bullying should not be tolerated. They should remove the
child that is doing the bullying! Just like you would with an adult! Maybe if
they have to take another year to graduate, it will make them think, and it
would get the lazy parents to do something also!
Republicans are really upset that Condoleza Rice didn't get to talk at one
particular college. But are they going to invite Obama to speak at a
conservative college MBA programs?
Any behavior that causes a student to feel unsafe or unwelcome at school is
bullying. Every child, regardless of race, religion, academic or athletic
prowess, physical appearance, sexual orientation or any number of other factors,
deserves the respect of his/her peers and the protection of school authorities.
Failure to learn, depression, anti-social behavior and even suicide are known
results of bullying. If it takes criminal penalties to help establish and/or
enforce safe environments in schools, then so be it.
When freedom is used to improperly take away another's right to life,
liberty and pursuit of happiness, the offender is committing a crime. All of life would teach us that there is safety in numbers. That is, all
except those who want us to be weak, unprotected and vulnerable. I
think bullying is a group sport. People do it to gain admiration and respect
from the rest of their team. Defending individuals from bullying might be best
accomplished by creating an opposing team for those who need the help and
membership of a team. Perhaps in some cases the schools should actually promote
membership in clickes or non-school clubs.
Trust me--I hate bullies and getting bullied. I have experience with that. But
don't you think it'd be too hard for the preschoolers to grasp that
bullying is against the law?It really depends on what definition
you're using for "bullying". A sarcastic remark? Saying something
mean because you had a bad day? Critiquing someone on a performance to tell them
what they could do better? I could understand if you're only making the law
against several accounts of teasing or violence that happen over and over again
and make the victim really sad.Shouldn't we teach the kids that
people who bully are just being jerks and you should try to ignore them? Tell
them that suicide hurts the people that love you. People who bully are usually
having a hard time at home. How can you help them? Make friends, not enemies.If we make a law against bullying, then we'll have to make a law
against jealousy, bad households, and stress to completly obliterate it.Does that seem logical?People learn by trial and error; not
laws. If the government makes this law, they are taking away your learning
"Bully" has totally lost it's meaning because it is so overused.
Much like "Nazi" and "Racist", once everyone throws the words
around for every negative behavior they totally lose their significance.
Hey amangetick -"liberal/leftist bullies that drive speakers
away at the college campuses . . ."So you're saying that
because the faculty and students at most colleges tend to be sensible and
rational Moderates and Liberals (i.e., reasonable people) and not
"Conservatives" . . . That it's justifiably to force nonsensical,
anti-academic, anti-government "Conservative" speakers onto them?I disagree.
A better solution regarding bullying and harassment in social media would be for
the corporations owning those sites to come down hard on offenders when
it's reported and to make reporting easier.
Absolutely - too many your people have taken their own lives as a result of
bullying. We need to grow up and if it takes making these actions a crime and it
saves even one life - it is worth it.
As long as we're really going after true bullies, and not just someone that
said something mean to some sensitive soul, then I'm all for harsh
penalties. There has to be some reason behind it and some guidelines. People are
getting a little too quick to yell "bully!" these days, just like they
like to yell "Hate!" whenever someone brings up a opposing view.In my perfect world, the penalty would be to lock the parents and/or
biger siblings of the bullied kid in a room with the bully for 15 minutes with
no cameras allowed. Alas, I fear this will never be.
"Could bullying and harassment become a criminal offense?"If
so, then all of the liberal/leftist bullies that drive speakers away at the
college campuses across the US would disappear.
"Could bullying and harassment become a criminal offense?"If
so, Right Wing radio would disappear.
By creating contention, and division,- our political leaders strengthens their
grip on America.
This should be done in the entire country!