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Debate Score:99
Arguments:43
Total Votes:121
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Should Bullies get Harsh punishments for Bullying

Such as Jail time.

Yes

Side Score: 61
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No

Side Score: 38
6 points

DEATH!

Side: Yes
BookBird101(575) Disputed
4 points

Although I found this quite hilarious, and had to up-vote it based on that.. I still disagree. Two wrongs don't make a right. They should just be punished in a minor way...

Side: No
4 points

Well... That depends but in my opinion, they do deserve a harsh punishment.

Side: Yes
4 points

Fight to the death against a ninja who wins ninja because he cut him in half when the match barley started.ha beat that you bully

Side: Yes
4 points

Yes, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. If people bully you, then they deserve to have harsh punishments, so that they would experience what they do to other people. Why should you feel merciful for some people who doesn't even care about what others feel? Yeah, i know, you should be nice to them because they are still people, but they also deserve worse punishments because of what they do.Let their conscience do the thinking for them.

Side: Yes
4 points

You have a point on that but fighting them would only exaggerate and aggravate the situation. Problems can be solved using diplomacy and that is the easiest, safest, and fastest way to solve conflict. You should not thrive mostly in the old ways since that was proven ineffective. Basing it from the golden rule: Do unto others what you want others to do unto you. Therefore if you were mistreated and in turn mistreat another, then you deserve mistreatment since your actions contemplate what you deserve.

Another, look at the art of war by Lao Tzu. One of his sayings were to solve a problem through diplomacy is the best way to end the battle.

The statement an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth was a belief used by primitive people from the Bible who do not know Jesus. Therefore your argument wont solve the problem but only worsen it.

Side: No
4 points

punished? yes...in a harsh way? no...maybe they need to be aware of the damage they cause those around them, but when you punish bullies harshly, they might get more aggressive with others in order to relief the stress you caused them with your punishment, maybe it would cause them to do weirder things to their victims...you never know. but being harsh is not a good solution, yet minor punishment might be effective!

Side: Yes
4 points

Bullying is Harassment, and Harassment is a VIOLENT CRIME. Ergo, bullying is a form of violent crime.

I have witnessed that ordinary school discipline (up to and including detention and corporal punishment) do not even work on many particular forms of bullies. It seems that only the adult court will make them understand. Also, there are many cases where due to ignorance by the adults, the victim simply snaps and takes matters into his or her own hands (from suicide to revenge). And we punish the victim because of what he did and perceived as "do-it-yourself justice", when in fact what he did is just a small symptom of the greater picture of violence, bullying, or even up to even exploitation and torture, all unreported and ignored. Adult society meets out due punishment to adults who perform violence against each other, so why not the same for bullies?

Side: Yes
Jace(4667) Disputed
2 points

Ah, yes, because adult prisons have such a strong record for reducing recidivism. Sending youth to prisons, and especially to adult prisons, is not going to teach them a lesson. The problem is not that the existing punishment is too lenient, but that punishment is not actually the primary solution. More often than not bullies come from difficult home environments and/or have their own emotional needs that are not being met. They express this in a way that is destructive to those around them and this is problematic, but strictly penalizing them for this makes about as much sense as doing so for bullying victims who lash out. A more comprehensive approach that actually supports the emotional health and growth of all types of students is far more practical.

Side: No
2 points

Yes. Even though they are humans, they should be punished because they need to be able to know right from wrong. YA KNOWWWWW??????

Side: Yes
3 points

I love puppies. Sorry, just saying. However, I think that Bullies should NOT... no wait.. they should.... oh wait... but then... however.... whereas.....on the contrary... OH NEVER MIND!

Side: Yes
2 points

yes they should.

have you heard about teens who did suicide because of bullying?

teens who get anorexic, bullimia because they're bullied of being fat?

teens who self-harmed because stress of being called names?

i've heard it alot and i feel pity.

i'm 13 and i understand how it feels.

honestly, i did bully someone, but when i heard alot of teens die because of that. i'd stop

bullies should get harsh punishments. they should felt how hard it is to go through all of the suffers.

Side: Yes
2 points

Yes! Bullies who are involved in bullying others should be punished severely by the law. Many seem to be under the common perception that they can violate the rights and privacy of another and be treated favorably by the law. And we have seen it happened where victims of bullying has committed suicides while their alleged perpetrators enjoy the protection of the law and due process. If laws fail to provide deterrence, then what good is that piece of law when it is looked at with fear by perpetrators? What good is law that fails to preserve the safety of the helpless ones?

Side: Yes
2 points

Well i think yes because if bullies do not get a Harsh punishment then in life they will never learn the right or wrong of bullying someone.Giving them a harsh punishment will make them understand the real meaning of bullying and may even stop.

Side: Yes
2 points

When someone is being bullied, they are like pushed over a cliff and they can't climb back up. This cliff leads to self-abuse and suicide. When people commit self-abuse they get bullied even more and just go even farther over the cliff and this will lead to eventual death and that is unforgivable. The bullies will make the victims into bullies too. They should be suspended from school.

Side: Yes
2 points

Bullying is a severe issue in the U.S. People commit suicide every day because of it. Even when told straight up how their actions are affecting others they commonly just brush it off and talk like "No way could these actions cause a person to kill themselves" So if words, knowledge, and obvious death isn't enough, which it obviously isn't... Harsh punishment is really the only way to get idiots to understand. After all, not everyone can understand words... Apparently.

Side: Yes

The punishment must be harsh but no corporal punishment allowed.

Side: Yes

They should be humiliated in front of the classroom for what they did.

Side: Yes
2 points

because bullies are BAD!!!

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Side: Yes
2 points

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Side: Yes
1 point

I am going to say that bullies should recieve some type of punishment. In the media you see all of these commercials and campaigns for people against bullying. Why not punish the bully with some type of punishment to decrease the frequency of the bullying. For instance, you could ticket the bully for bullying and as with all things repeat offenders eventially will get harsher punishment. If you want to make bullying an issue then you should not be afraid of punishing those who insist on bullying others. You have to punish the behavior in order to get it stop.

Side: Yes
2 points

Bullying leads to emotional distinction to people whom are victims. I believe if you cause someone to kill themselves maybe you should be punished with death by the court. Maybe it's crazy, but I know people who have been bullied.... It's not a fun experience. I believe that people don't take responsibility for their actions and due to this if you bully {action} then you should be punished ( responsibility)

Side: Yes
1 point

I think they should because so many people committed suicide because of bullying and cyberbullying.

Side: Yes
1 point

I think they should go to jail, mentally insane hospitals and that is all. What do you think?

Side: Yes
2 points

I guess it really depends on how severe the bullying is...

Side: No

Jail time for bullying? Of course not, putting a minor behind bars because they shoved you or made fun of you is just out right stupid!

Side: No
1 point

Harsh punishments? No. But some sort of systematic overhaul to how we respond to bullying. There is a direct correlation between bullying and mental ill-health, and the failure to address bullying can have very negative consequences on the mental well-being of individuals who are repeated targets of bullying.

Side: No
1 point

I absolutely agree with you. But the mental issues are on both sides. Most often a bully is a bully because there is something going on in his/her own life that causes them to lash out at others. It needs to be found out what that negative issue is in their life. Maybe they have a parent who is a bully and its learned behaviour. Or maybe there is some other form of neglect or abuse going on with the child. Its rare that its just because they enjoy hurting someone.

Side: No
Jace(4667) Clarified
1 point

I only just realized you wrote this response, but I agree entirely. Stricter punishment is not the solution, for precisely the reason you mention, but the matter does need to still be approached from a different direction because of the ramifications neglecting it has for the bullied (as well as the bully).

Side: Yes

Jails and prison is exclusively reserved for violent offenders, and this would only crowd jails and prisons.

Side: No

Putting a high school bully in jail with violent offenders would only put an even heavier burden on the prison system and turn these delinquents into criminals.

Side: No

The same can be said for drug users and dealers. The unintended consequences are never seen until it is too late.

Side: No
1 point

Wait, I didn't read the "such as jail time". Well, jail time is really wrong. That is not even legal in our country because people who bully others are lower than 18 years old. Jailing is a waste of time and space, whereas you could put more criminals in there. I don't know if bullies could be considered as criminals, but still, jail is wrong. It even causes trauma to the teens.

Side: No
AREKKUSU(275) Disputed
1 point

Well to clarify, many 17 year old's go to trial as 'adults' and therefor 'legally' go to jail at 17.

However I agree that jail is really un-productive, I do think that we need a much harsher plan to deal with bullying.

Side: Yes

Bullying is Bullying and it doesn't matter in which form it is exercised but we cannot go out of our way and claim that bullies deserve harsh punishment for WRONG decisions. Two wrongs DO NOT make a right therefore this debate should be an easy choice NO ONE DESERVES HARSH PUNISHMENT FOR MISTAKES. By even considering or supporting bullying to a bully is in fact BULLYING!

Side: No
AREKKUSU(275) Disputed
1 point

Yes, two wrongs do not make a right. Luckily for us, punishments are not a wrong. If we find a man brutily murdering someone, should we not take away his weapon? Letting someone do whatever they want will not make them learn. Talking to them doesn't always work, and on bullies, it usually doesn't. Action must be taken. A suspension. A ticket. A massive assignment to make up for it. I don't care, but the need to learn how to behave correctly, kindly....

Side: Yes
1 point

No. Their parents should do their jobs and discipline their child, however. Or perhaps have someone else look into it if it's severe, perhaps.

I know my own childhood bully was once thrown through a window by his older brother, which may have contributed towards his hostile nature. But assuming all else is well within the household, it is the job of the parents to raise the child correctly, not the state or even federal government.

Side: No
AREKKUSU(275) Disputed
1 point

Practically 90% or more of adolescents and teens do not adequately communicate with their parents. Do you understand why when someone does a horrid crime their parents are usually like "There's no way my baby could have done this!" If their child is horrid and cruel, normally the parent wouldn't know the difference. Same goes for the one being bullied. Parents are not around enough to be the only one watching out for bullying. Teachers and students in schools should be highly aware of possible bullying and should be able to report them respectively, even in minor cases. Once done, maybe give the bully a warning but action MUST be taken place.

Side: Yes
1 point

i think no because bully's don't understand sometimes what they do some people mean but inside they don't

Side: No
sayyad99(776) Disputed
1 point

I disagree with your argument. The media has highlighted many cases of bullying that became criminal in nature thus exposing this issue among the general population. Also, the issue of bullying and its consequences are often discussed in schools, on internet, at work places, etc. Blaming immaturity or lack of understanding is not enough to excuse criminal behavior that may result in the death of another.

Side: Yes
1 point

Depends on the severity of the bullying. Give them first a minor offense and if they continue then punish them severly.

Side: No
0 points

Your question is incomplete. By Harsh Punishments, you must be saying about the Bullies who are really Evil, and only wants to harm others.

In a Democratic World, only Harsh Punishments are not an option to make justice.

The issue of being 'Bullied' happens right from the kindergarten, to the level of Colleges, and even in other day-to-day places.

I agree, that there should be 'Bully Laws' in schools and colleges.

Because no one has a right to insult or harass someone to such an extent that it harms their feelings.

But, many times the person who is bullying is not mature enough, to understand the consequences of his/her actions. Because every Mind doesn't works the same way.

So a right amount of awareness about 'Bullies' is as much necessary as it is to make 'Laws' about it.

For example, consider a Kindergarten or a primary grade school where there are six boys.

Of these six boys five are fat, huge, brash and outspeaking, and the sixth one is shy, thin and not much socially accommodated.

So it is quite natural that when these two kind of social mindset clash, those five boys will start to harass this boy.

But that doesn't mean those five boys are Evil and they should be banned from school.

What should be done under those situations, is the right amount of knowledge be given to those five boys, and in a very careful and researched manner.

This is the duty of Teachers or some school-guardian (and parents also). When people hire teacher, their duty is not just to speak something and write something on the chalk-board and walk away.

It is also a duty of teacher to look whether someone is being hurt by someone. And if is not the duty of teacher, than a school should have a different staff about it.

And also a school's administrative system should be such that no one is being harmed by no one.

So in brief, punishments depends on the degree of harm done. Only Harsh punishments are not an option.

Side: No
AREKKUSU(275) Disputed
1 point

Talking so someone isn't particularly enough. Maybe it'd be enough in pre-school or kindergarten since kids are intimidated of their teachers, or their scared of even mild punishments like a 'time-out'. But in middle school and high school people get stubborn. And most of the time words aren't enough. More than half the time, even if they're explained to what they've done wrong, they don't take anything in. they don't think they've done anything wrong. And they keep on doing it, even after one or two of the people they've harassed has killed them-self. When something like words don't work, action really needs to take place. And kids don't talk to adults or friends when they need to, so when we can, we should do ALL we can to stop bullying as early as we can.

Side: Yes