Bullying has gone too far and this type of cruel behavior should be not be tolerated. Far too many innocent children have fallen too depression and committed suicide at a young age because of this disgusting, abusive behavior. Schools across the country needs to get more involved and crack down against bullying and set a zero tolerance policy against it.
The argument that bullying is somehow beneficial is simply wrong. There are no benefits from bullying. It shows some of the worst of the youth in humans. Bullying can cause long term damage to people both physically and especially mentally. In the extreme, it can push young people to suicide. How is any of this justifiable? It is not. The question is one of should, not one of could. Obviously bullying can never be fully eradicated. But it SHOULD be stopped and everything should be done to minimise bullying.
Bullying isn't some big primal instinct, Not everyone feels the need to bully, it depends on how the kid was raised, the people he hangs out with, and how much confidence he has in himself.
If schools and parents of students actually intervened to make a zero bullying tolerance policies at all our schools, bullying would decrease drastically.
And the fact other animals do it means nothing, you can't stop monkeys from throwing feces around and eating lice that doesn't mean it's human nature too.
The question is "should bullying be put to a stop" and not "Could bullying be put to a stop". I understand it might be our natural instinct to dominate and display power, but that doesn't contribute to our optimal society wellbeing. It might be hard and seem impossible to achieve peace, but it doesn't mean we shouldn't always be pursuing for peace.
It can make kids feel hurt, scared, sick, lonely, embarrassed and sad. Bullies might hit, kick, or push to hurt people, or use words to call names, threaten, tease, or scare them. A bully might say mean things about someone, grab a kid's stuff, make fun of someone, or leave a kid out of the group on purpose. Some bullies threaten people or try to make them do things they don't want to do.Some bullies are looking for attention. They might think bullying is a way to be popular or to get what they want. Most bullies are trying to make themselves feel more important. When they pick on someone else, it can make them feel big and powerful.Bullies often pick on someone they think they can have power over. They might pick on kids who get upset easily or who have trouble sticking up for themselves. Getting a big reaction out of someone can make bullies feel like they have the power they want. Sometimes bullies pick on someone who is smarter than they are or different from them in some way. Sometimes bullies just pick on a kid for no reason at all.
Bullying is simply the dominance hierarchy establishing itself, and it is natural. 'Bullying' can be observed in other animals, such as wolves and lions, when individuals assert their dominance over another member of their pack/pride. The arguments against bullying are moot, because we can never get everyone to get along, and we can never go against our own nature.