Should the bullies of victims that commit suicide be charged with murder/manslaughter

  • Individual Decision? Total BS!

    A lot of you have said that suicide is individual, Seriously? Wake up people! Suicide is NOT a Simple act of individuality its ALWAYS Caused by someone or something. The person who actually commits it should go to Jail a Good amount of time. You are not ALWAYS responsible for your own actions, You can get influenced by the Bully to kill yourself, The Bully had involvement in the suicide technically speaking, therefore the bully should be charge IF and Only IF he/she deliberately or doesn't even try at all to get someone to commit suicide SHOULD be charged with both cases.

  • Yes, Manslaughter sounds fair

    I wouldn't support a murder charge for bullying resulting in suicide, but manslaughter? Absolutely. When you decide to make it your personal goal to make another human being as frightened and miserable as possible and that person turns to death as their only perceived escape from your torment you are NOT innocent in their demise. You owe an immense debt to them and their family and you should be punished. An apology just ain't gonna cut it. The fact that you did not yourself directly take them out of the world protects you from a charge of murder, but you deserve legal condemnation and punishment. The affects of your actions will last a lifetime for the survivors and your life should likewise be hindered.

  • An eye for an eye

    If the bully has decided to personally torment someone to the point of their decision to kill themselves then they also deserve to go to jail or even something worse. Because they are the reason that person decided to end their life and they deserve to be punished for it.

  • Even a charge of manslaughter won't bring them back.

    Although I understand the points of the no side, I do think that they should be charged with involuntary manslaughter. To be charged with this you must fulfill three criteria. Number 1. The person must have been killed as an act of the defendant. This criteria is fulfilled as the reason that the person was killed was as a result of the bullies. The second criteria reads The act either was inherently dangerous to others or done with reckless disregard for human life. This criteria has also been ticked as there are previous cases of people committing suicide because of bullying, and the bullying must have been at such a horrendous level to cause them to take their own life. This is clearly a a disregard of human life. The third criteria reads The defendant knew or should have known his or her conduct was a threat to the lives of others. This is where it gets interesting. You could argue that most children are not capable of understanding how their actions could affect others but I think that because people have already taken their own lives as a result of bullying there is a strong possibility that people are aware that their actions could result in death. This is why I think they should be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

  • Not at all.

    Bullying is a horrible thing to do to someone else, but suicide is a choice made by an individual. In the same way that the spouse should not be punished for the suicide of a recently divorced person, a bully should not be charged with murder/manslaughter. Of course, the bully should be punished, but only for their actions, not those of the victim.

  • Suicide is a personal action

    If a person commits suicide they have CHOSEN to do so. Outside influences may have led them to that decision but, they are not responsible for the decision. If someone commits suicide because their wife divorced them should the wife be responsible, or because they were fired, is the employer responsible? No.

  • No they shouldn't

    Suicide is when someone kill their self bullies shouldn't have to be charge with murder or manslaughter because the bully didn't take their life the person who killed their self took their own life suicide do means to kill yourself so it's only fair for the bully not to get charge with murder

  • Too difficult to prove responsiblity

    I agree with the above opinions stating that it is the individual's choice. I would also like to add that it would be difficult to prove the proportion of responsibility that the bully had in contributing to the suicide. You cannot rule out any underlying vulnerability the victim may have had or other contributing factors. However, I do agree that some form of punishment is merited in some circumstances particularly if the bully significantly decreased the quality of life of the victim or expressed any kind of incentive to end their life. Perhaps an alternative punishment could be an intensive schooling on appropriate behaviour...With homework.

  • Suicide is an individual decision

    Although there can be many factors involved in a person's decision to commit suicide, ultimately the only person responsible for the actual "act" is the individual. Suicide is a choice. At the end of the day, you are responsible for how you react to your environment. You are responsible for your own actions, decisions, and feelings.

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