Why are bullies really punished by criminal law?

October 1, 2019 Off By idswater

Why are bullies really punished by criminal law?

“Bullies should be punished immediately and harshly!” And at the end of that week, suddenly and predictably, eight girls in London, Ontario, have been arrested for bullying another, and have been charged with criminal harassment. We deservedly feel guilt and shame over Amanda’s fate and our inaction as bystanders to other cases of bullying.

Is it a crime to bully a child?

Bullying Law: Should bullying be a criminal offense and how should it be punished? It is rare to turn the television on these days without some report of a child who has been bullied, injured or found guilty of carrying a weapon into the classroom to protect themselves from a bully.

Is the criminal law a good deterrent to bullying?

In general, the heavy hand of criminal law is a poor deterrent to most crimes. Its impact can be devastating to the accused and unhelpful to the victim. Worse still, criminally charging the perpetrators may end neither the bullying nor the suffering of the victim.

Can a child be punished for calling someone a name?

Other parents will say that all children who are bullies should be punished severely no matter how they are a bully. Yet this leaves the conundrum of a child who goes along with the crowd and calls someone a name being punished for a one time offense. Bullying law is not something that is simple.

“Bullies should be punished immediately and harshly!” And at the end of that week, suddenly and predictably, eight girls in London, Ontario, have been arrested for bullying another, and have been charged with criminal harassment. We deservedly feel guilt and shame over Amanda’s fate and our inaction as bystanders to other cases of bullying.

Is there a law against bullying in schools?

At present, no specific federal law has been applied to bullying. Among the reported cases of bullying because of color, race, sex, disability, religion, or natural origin, it overlaps with harassment cases and schools are given the legal authority required to address the situation at hand.

Can a bully go to jail for bullying?

He also points out that criminal investigations are also being conducted in bullying cases, especially when the victim commits suicide, so bullies can be considered as criminals as well. He believes that a suspension punishment can be just fine to a bully but being in jail because of bullying tells a different story to the initiator.

What is the role of law enforcement in bullying prevention?

bullying prevention have many critical roles. Not only must they carry out their sworn duty to enforce the law, they also must go beyond this traditional role to educate, prevent and solve problems, and provide resources (Rosiak, 2009). Effective prevention and response to bullying requires that law enforcement personnel: •

If conduct crosses the line to invasion of privacy, harassment, or stalking those acts should be charged like any other crime but bullying should not be an exception to those existing criminal laws. Society, teachers and obviously parents, not the criminal justice system, should address the bullying epidemic.

Do you think bullies should be expelled from school?

Yes, persistent bullies should be expelled from school because they are very harmful to others around them. Bullying in the classroom is a horrific problem. Children that are bullied can have long term affects and disturb them in various way.

Can a person be criminalized for bullying someone else?

Someone else’s behavior is sometimes a factor in the suicide victims mind but rarely can one say that under criminal law someone else’s actions “caused” the suicide. When bullying leads to suicide it is deeply tragic, but the fact is that this result is exceptionally rare.