No...with all due respect I think it's a bit ridiculous. Kids do stuff they shouldn't. A bully is not a rapist or killer. That would be a bit extreme. I was bullied and did some bullying myself. It's part of growing up.
To be honest, I think this whole bullying issue is a bit blown out of proportion. Let me first say that I do not support bullying, so don't take this the wrong way. But I feel like we a raising a society of wimps who will be totally unprepared for reality. People aren't always nice to you when you get older either. Learning to stand up for yourself and not run and tell on them right away is part of how we build self esteem. It's important to learn to fight back..whether it's a physical or verbal assault.
I understand that kids today go and commit suicide or enter a state of depression because they're picked on. But kids have always been bullies and done cruel things. Perhaps that's because we've spent so much time today talking to them about why people aren't allowed to do this or that to you...but not enough time teaching them to fight back.
My kids have been taught that if someone put their hands on you physically and tries to hurt you...that you punch them right in the nose. As long as they didn't raise their hands first they will never get in trouble when they get home, even if the school suspends them...they should defend themselves. When I was a kid in NYC public schools I learned quick that being a tattle tail would just get you another beating. If you fought back...the bully would leave you alone because they look for people that don't fight back.
I personally think that kids today are coddled way too much. And then when they have to stand up for themselves, too many of them don't know how to. I have a neighbor who is a wonderful person. But she teaches her kids that if another kids attacks you, then you should curl up in a ball to protect yourself. I find that to be insanity. How can you expect a kid to have any self confidence unless they learn to stand up for themselves without running to an authority figure all the time.
When I was in HS we moved from one neighborhood to another. 3 kids on the bus picked a fight with me in front of my house after school. My Dad saw what was going on and came out. He told them if you want to fight my son...than you have to fight him one at a time. And I did. I was scared. But when it was over...they knew for sure they were just in a fight. Today they'd arrest my Dad