Should bullying be considered a federal crime?

Posted by: ausomefire

Basically, should people who bully serve time in prison.

  • Bullying is not a federal crime.

  • Bullying is a federal crime

49% 21 votes
51% 22 votes
  • Federal? Really? Get over yourselves.

  • Its all part of growing up really. When people kill themselves over it, it shows their incapability to cope.

  • Bullying is bad but not even close to a federal crime

  • Bullying is unfortunate, but it isn't worth being a federal crime. Would you really want to give a child a federal criminal record for calling someone names? Bullying sucks, but I think we should advocate for self-defense, rather than legally go after every one who upsets us.

  • One step at a time toward complete government domination of our lives.

  • Not federal, but in extreme cases, it should be dealt with by law.

    Posted by: benhos
  • Woah, woah, woah! Federal? I've been bullied and even I don't think it is a federal crime.

  • An opinion is not a crime.

  • What counts as bullying? If a popular kid say an unpopular kid is a bully - does that count? Also are you willing to ruin a child's life over something most people eventually grow pass?

    Posted by: Espera
  • As a victim of bullying. They should be warned then yes.

  • Yes I would want a criminal record for calling names

  • Bullying is a crime because it can include raping.

  • It should be considered as a Federal Crime. Especially when it takes places in situation where a person has limited resources, such as in schools and at work. At work, employees are unable to defend themselves against bully bosses, since the source of income is at stake. That is a forced situation, and bullism should be considered a crime.

    Posted by: Ezk
  • This leads to them committing suicide. so it is kind of like murder if you ask me.

  • Bullying does more long-term psychological damage to children than can ever be measured. As a victim of bullying, I no longer trust anyone. I no longer feel safe to open up to new people. I no longer want to explore the world like I did when i was a very small child. This is because kids were cruel. Too cruel. Send bullies to jail. It will bring justice to those who have been tormented for too long.

  • Bullying has gone way to far we have had to deal with it for to long someone has to take a stand and if it's a crime there will be less of it I hope bullying leads to sucides and cutting btw bully's only bully people cause there life sucks so they think making fun of someone else is funny so don't let them bring you down.

  • Bullying should be a federal crime. It happens every day all around us in schools. 160,000 kids skip school in fear of being bullied. And yet, most parents and schools fail to do anything.

  • some really severe ones should.

    Posted by: percyj
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FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-01T08:50:23.9905929-05:00
As long as there wasnt anything physical going on ... Verbal name calling is protected speech as far as im concerned.
blorance says2015-05-01T09:41:38.7560927-05:00
Your freedom to speech is protected by the first amendment, however verbal name calling that leads to ones suicide is by law considered assisted suicide. Enjoy the next 20 years behind bars.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-01T10:08:42.9454044-05:00
Even if that was the case (which it is not), you can't jail people before the crime was committed. If no one has died yet ... Its just censorship.
WhalesWithWings says2015-05-01T10:09:54.0354697-05:00
You two can start a debate if you want.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-01T10:10:59.4627085-05:00
The other problem there is you can't prove reasonably that any other person out there would have committed suicide under the same circumstances. Then there is reason to doubt that your bullying was the deciding factor in his/her death. Murder by weapon is much more definitive.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-01T10:16:35.7333305-05:00
"You two can start a debate if you want." I'm down.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-01T10:22:04.5797673-05:00
Prelude to debate: It's also not assisted suicide to give the person the means to kill themselves. I can pass knives around the kitchen all day and am in no way responsible if one of the people in my kitchen begins violently jabbing their chests with it. I'd love to see a court try and put me away for 20 on something like that. How am I supposed to know they'd do something like that? Suicide is unreasonable and uncommon in practice. Enough so that we shouldn't have to worry about someone committing it based off of what we say.
evolutioniscrushed says2015-05-01T15:13:19.5158706-05:00
Bullying is a crime any kid can tell his mommy and then call police so that means it's a crime
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-01T15:57:54.2544788-05:00
I can walk outside, see my shadow, and then call the cops. That doesn't make it a crime.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-01T22:15:25.7245153-05:00
"Bullying is a crime because it can include raping." What does this even mean?!?!
blorance says2015-05-02T09:00:01.2990617-05:00
Well if you were to literally pass the kitchen knives out what are the chances of you messing up and killing someone. Same thing with bullying. If you keep digging at an individual with verbal abuse that leads to someone for instance hanging themselves, that is conspiracy to murder. And yes it is conspiracy to murder if it involves two or more people that leads to ones death.
WNdebater says2015-05-02T21:26:21.8930682-05:00
I agree with Reeseroni.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-04T15:33:27.8502154-05:00
Theres no intent there. Their only intent was to poke fun or jest ... Not to kill. To treat that as murder is a dangerous precedent. Suicides are already done for insane reasons ... And you're going to go and let those reasons be justified by going after everyone that person had contact with? Suicide is the culmination of so many things. Things wrong internally with that person. Their just not compatible with society and I don't think that's something that the rest of us need to atone for.
Espera says2015-05-07T04:37:26.8581147-05:00
@FreedomBeforeEquality Well there is the problem of harassment - if you are constantly attacking someone verbally then you are guilty of harassment. And that is in fact punishable by law as is stalking, threatening, extortion, and verbal abuse. And you can't just say that words are harmless - because emotional abuse is considered a legitimate thing. This is especially true when dealing with children and there is also the issue of context. For example, there is the case of the full-grown woman who terrorized a teenage girl online and said girl ended up killing herself. In that case I would love to see said woman persecuted to the full extent of the law and then some. So yeah... Also I'm down for a debate on this if you are? Send me a challenge?
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-07T12:27:31.6287009-05:00
You got it ... http://www.debate.org/debates/Should-bullying-be-met-with-capital-punishment/1/
Craighawley215 says2015-05-08T09:20:36.8779992-05:00
@Espera, with all due respect, there is a distinct difference between chronic harassment and childhood teasing. Stalking and extortion are crimes, but not the same as bullying, and intent is considered there too. Verbal threats between kids generally are not taken seriously, and verbal abuse is really only punishable by law in extreme cases. You are right in saying that "words aren't harmless - because emotional abuse is considered a legitimate thing." But just because someone says mean things doesn't mean they are a criminal. Regarding your case of the "full-grown woman who terrorized a teenage girl online and said girl ended up killing herself," this is not bullying, this is harassment with malicious intent. The adult knew perfectly well what she was doing, and should face consequences. That is not the same as two kids teasing each other on the playground, and calling each other names.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-08T09:39:52.7124174-05:00
Well too ... It would entirely be up to what was said specifically. If no physical threat of violence or anything is put across ... I don't see how you could punish someone for a death. Fat jokes don't equate to death threats.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-05-08T09:44:28.0091468-05:00
No matter how self conscious you might be about your image or whatever ... Your self consciousness should not be something we all have to learn about you before you can be interacted with verbally. No one should have to go around predicting whether you'll commit suicide or not first if someone tells you to piss off. I think at that point you're imparting more of a burden on everyone else around you than they are you by bullying.
Bookfanatic2000 says2015-05-12T13:49:08.3754889-05:00
To me it would depend on the severity of the bullying - just name calling no, but physical would probably be considered a crime, maybe not federal though
Craighawley215 says2015-05-12T14:06:13.8582190-05:00
Physical to what extent though? Pushing? Poking? Hitting? At the end of the day, it boils down to whether or not it's reasonable to give kids a criminal record for something that they very likely will grow out of, especially when it's something that is so prominent in culture.

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