|This is often how we view bullies.|
I deny that a lot of the above examples can qualify. Bullying by those definitions has existed since the beginning of time. And recently, it seems to be used more and more as an excuse for youth suicide. Where does it end? If implemented, what abuses could the law allow? Already, bullys in the cases I listed in the first paragraph are facing charges over their involvement in their suicides, which is ridiculous. They did nothing illegal, except perhaps minor charges. In the first example, the roommate of the Rutgers student did not have the right to post his roommate's sexual encounter on the internet, but he should face charges for that, not charges related to his death. If a law is implemented, many more innocent students, children, could be targeted. The "offender" could become the victim. Children will be children, what if a child is severely punished for playing around with his buddy? It's ridiculous. Also taking the anti-bullying philosophy to the global scale makes it seem even more ridiculous. What if Brittney Spears claimed that a magazine is "bullying" her by posting uncomfortable information about her personal life, despite it being true? This is violating the amendment of free-speech. Slander does not include truth.
Who is to blame, really? Not the "bullies". After all, any bullies violating actual law, such as laws against physical harassment and slander can already be punished. The fault belongs to those whose job it is to protect and build the character and self esteem of the child, his parents (and this is not just limited to the parents of the victim either, but also the bullies themselves. Often, the bullies are the largest victims of all of poor parenting). It is the parents' responsibility to prepare their children for life in a somewhat-cruel world. It is their job to have them feel loved. And believe it or not, I believe that to most children, their parent's love is enough to sustain them. A lot of parents want to blame the schools, the bullies, the government for their failed parenting when the blame rests completely on their shoulders. Having a child is a huge responsibility. And the parents and mentors of the three above stories have failed in their responsibility. Period. I was bullyed throughout elementary and middle school... I was one of the least popular children at school but I never allowed it to lower my self-esteem or pride. I never once thought about hurting myself or others. Part, if not all of the reason is my parents and family doing a great job mentoring and building my character. You can't blame children being children. Bullying is not a crime.