Bullying Legal Consequences

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Every person knows of bullying. It can start with a simple comment and quickly escalate to severe, even sometimes fatal outcomes. All people are aware of this, but do not take any actions to prevent it, some even know how it feels. “On average, only 17% of students report bullying”(11 Facts About Bullying). “71% of students say bullying is a problem at schools”(11 Facts About Bullying). No one likes this so why to let it continuously happen. Bullies have such a drastic effect on others they should be arrested and put in jail because they are criminals. Many people believe bullies are just ignorant people who do not see the consequences, but they are criminals breaking laws and hurting others self-esteem, causing eating disorders, and even …show more content…
Many people believe that bullies do not commit crimes. Yet there are laws against harassment, making threats, stalking, verbal abuse, and physical abuse. If any person breaks any one of these laws, they are charged with consequences with either a fine, time in jail, the judicial process. Bullies break all of these.They harass, threaten, abuse and stalk the victims. Bullies, therefore, are breaking the same laws and should have to go through the exact same process, like other criminals. Yet the only punishment a bully will receive is a teacher or adult telling them to stop, given some type of detention, but most have no punishment at all. These bullies just continue to do what they are doing because they never receive the punishment the bully deserves. “In addition to jail time and fines, penalties for harassment can include court-ordered psychological counseling. Sentences also frequently forbid a defendant from having direct or indirect contact with the victim”(Nolo “Harassment and Cyberbullying as a crime”). According to this article. Adults served with harassment charges go through psychological counseling. Bullies are committing all of these crimes and should be treated as the criminals they …show more content…
They perform criminal acts and should be given legal consequences. Bullies should be put in jail, have to go through psychological therapy and punished by law. They are the ones committing the crimes, and the victims have to suffer the consequences. The bully needs to finally see the consequences and be punished. The effects they leave on people are dehumanizing to the victims and their families. The bullies, who make themselves feel better by hurting others, are the major cause of suicides, self-harm, self-esteem issues, and eating disorders. They need to be punished for what they have done, and the true criminals they are. Once a bully is held responsible, that there are consequences; then maybe bullies will begin to realize they are wrong and bullying can come to an end. Although not until the warning signs of bullying are taught, learned and understood, will it stop. The new awareness of bullying is more recognized now and anti-bullying is taught in the schools it is still occurring to many. Bullies must be held accountable for their

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