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Best Answer Larry Wall says
I have to disagree because I have seen teachers actually make it worse since often the bully is the 'pet' of the teacher and can get away with stuff others can't. Teachers pick winners and losers in the classroom and can do a lot of damage.
Statistically bullies actually have more life success, taking them out of school on the other hand will criminalize them and does an incredible amount of damage as punishment for a childhood indiscretion.
Josak, you are wrong. Bullies are more likely to become criminals by the time they are in their early 20s. Yes, those "children" should be separated from the rest of the school population and incarcerated in juvie or jail if old enough!
I remember in Jr. High - a switch blade was put to my neck in gym, I was beaten up by a gang walking home from high school - they were let go - nothing was done.
Quite often, many teachers and adults ignore bullying no matter where it occurs whether in or out of school. Bullying occurs everywhere even between people that don't know each other. Sometimes a taste of their own medicine will do bullies good.
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Pamela N Red says
I have to agree. I work with youth who are in the system due to abuse or neglect. There is a lot that goes on in a home. It can either be positive or negative. I see a lot of so called "bad" kids. Sometimes all they need is someone to listen.
Not necessarily, if he/she is placed in a juvenile detention center, there are bigger and badder children. He/she will have a comeuppance by such kids so to speak. He/she will learn the folly of his/her actions-that IT DOES NOT PAY TO BULLY!
AHAHAH Gmw, that is not what happens in jail, people in jail become criminals and join gangs, people who don't get a proper education (because they are in jail) are also far more likely to become criminals, at best it makes them better bullies.
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Laura Schneider says
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In TOTAL agreement, Laura, couldn't have said it better!
Kevin Peter says
Totally agree. They should be permanently expelled from school and placed into a juvenile detention center or prison.
My Minds Eye53 says
This is the SECOND best answer! LOVE this answer!
I really think most of the answer is with the parents of the bully in recognizing and being able to see their child is a bully and willing to take steps. Most parents do not want to think of their child as a bully so ignore the signs.
Unfortunately, some of these children have parents who were bullies and think it is just part of growing up. Bullying has been going on for decades if not generations. It is just getting worse.
Larry, I reiterate that bullies are hoodlums who deserve to be criminalized and punished. I agree with MyMindsEye regarding this issue. I believe that there should be punishments for school bullies. Juvie will teach bullies a valuable lesson!
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I agree - it is not harmless, but has caused a number of deaths in children in grades 1 - 12.
THANK YOU SPANSTAR AND PATTY, you both have sense. Bullying is indeed a crime and its perpetrators should be severely punished. First, bullies should be expelled from school. They should have a permanent record. They NEED to be punished!
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Deb Welch says
I forgot to mention Gangs. We really have had too much of this type of bullying. Hate Crimes and unruly Protestors carted away by Police. A few more prevalent examples.
BULLIES are criminals. I do not believe in justice for criminals. Criminals NEED to be punished. Let's put bullies in either a juvenile detention center of jail if older. Juvie and/or prison will teach such bullies that it is wrong to bully!
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I do not disagree with anything you say. However, the bullies need to know there will be consequences. Perhaps bullies and their parents should be forced to attend training sessions for a month every other evening. That might motivate the parents.
Sophia Angelique says
I agree totally. I was "bullied" relentlessly as a kid because that's what kids do to each other. It's part of life, and if parents would just teach kids some self esteem it wouldn't bother them so much. It's overblown and overused.
I was bullied and it was not my choice. I had a speech impediment. Bullies made fun of it. I had poor vision--lousy in sports--bullies in gym class--bullies are real and most do not ask to be bullied. It should not be thought of as part of childhood.
Thank you, Larry, totally concur! I believe that bullies should be expelled from school and have a paper trail as a permanent record against them. In addition to that, they should be put in either a juvenile detention center or jail to teach them!
Bullying is a lot different now than it was in my day. With computers and weapons involved it becomes much more than bothersome. It can become dangerous.
I am not suggesting that victims of bullying choose it or that it's their fault but that rather we do so much more harm actually turning those bullies into real criminals, as for bullying changing frankly I think it's better than it was now.
Larry, those who portend that bullying is part of childhood are totally delusional. Bullying is a form of harassment and a crime. People should stop being lenient towards bullies. If a child bullies, then he/she should be punished, not counseled
Josak and fairvanity, I wish you were joking! I cannot believe what I read. I'm with Larry Wall and others and I only disagree with gmwilliams about "bullies, then... should be punished, not counseled"--I think they need BOTH, along with the parents.
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