As discussed in many of the articles we read about bullying, the law can be brought into cases of extreme bullying and the actions that follow. But what consequences should bullying be faced with in school? There are many actions of bullying that can be considered discrimination for bullying based on race, gender, or disability, or violate criminal laws, such as physical assault, sexual assault, stalking, and disorderly conduct. Most schools are required to have policies regarding bullying, but some may set the line of what constitutes as actionable bullying too high, and may not even include different forms of bullying, like cyber bullying. In the article I have as a source, the authors contest that harassment should be seen as a question of human dignity, instead of just physical violence and discrimination based on race, gender, or disabilities.
The critical questions I pose for our discussion are: Do we need more anti-bullying laws present in our society, or should bullying fall into the area of laws that are already in place? Also, do we need to rely on federal laws to use as consequences for bullying, or should schools redefine their policies of bullying and the actions they take in response to bullies as a more appropriate consequence?
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CC-Although state laws are important, I think the more effective route to addressing bullying is changing school policies and school environments. If schools create a place where all students feel safe and cared they will be more open to teachers. If students are more comfortable with teachers and staff, the teachers and staff will be better able to address each child’s individual needs. The teacher will be able to talk openly with the bullies about their actions and get to the root cause of why they bully and help them work through it so they don’t bully anymore. They will also be able to dole out punishments to the bullies while letting the bully know that they are still loved. The bullied will be comfortable coming to talk to the teacher and get advice on how to handle the bullies. Finally a major factor in situations of bullying is that bystanders speak up. If a community is created within the school and students see that everyone within the community deserves respect they will be more willing to stand up for their classmates and show that bullying is not tolerated. If bullying can be caught in its early stages there will be less need for the law to get involved.
BR - This is a very tricky subject indeed. On one hand if we create new laws regarding bullying we may see a decrease in the bullying behavior, however, we also run the risk of punishing a child to severly for a minor offense. While this option may seem to result in the biggest decrease in bullying it would also be the hardest to monitor and act on bullys accordingly. This leaves us with the other option to have schools handle bullying in a different way. My beliefe is that this stratagy will make the greatest difference with the least amount of tirbulance to the social structure of the school. If schools can install some sort of lesson plan that teaches students about bullying and at the same time increases the punishment for a student who is caught bullying another student we should see a significant decrease of bullys in schools.
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