The Problem with Bullying

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This is an argumentative essay I did for ELA.

Submitted: March 08, 2016

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Submitted: March 08, 2016

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Laws Against Bullying:

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3-4 hour Accelerated English

Mrs. Kramer

3 March 2016

Fox1

Bullying means to use superior strength or influence to intimidate someone, typically to force him or her to do what one wants. Over 160,000 kids are bullied in the United States every day in the schools, in the streets, and online. Bullying needs to be stopped.Kids are getting away with bullying when really bullying is illegal.Bullying laws need to be enforced.

 

Physical bullying can be counted as assault/battery.

Battery means to make an offensive physical contact. Assault means physical attack. According to http://www.assaultandbattery.org/missouri/

“First Degree Assault.

Assault in the first degree is defined as attempting to kill someone or knowingly causing or attempting to cause serious physical injury to someone. This charge carries a potential 5 to 15-year prison sentence and is considered a Class B felony. However, if it actually results in serious physical injury, you could face as many as 30 years in prison.

Second Degree Assault

If you are charged with assault in the second degree in Missouri, the prosecution believes they can prove that you did one of the following:

Attempted to kill or knowingly caused or attempted to cause serious physical injury to someone in the heat of passion. Attempted to cause or knowingly caused physical injury to someone with the use of a deadly weapon, Recklessly caused serious injury to another person, Acting with criminal negligence caused injury to someone or yourself by operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, Recklessly caused injury to someone by discharging a firearm. A second-degree assault offense is considered a Class C felony under Missouri law and carries 5 to 15 years in prison.

Third Degree Assault

Like second-degree assault, there are many ways in which you could commit assault in the 3rd degree. You could face this charge for any of the following actions:

Attempting to cause or recklessly causing physical injury to another person, Cause physical injury to another by acting with criminal negligence using a weapon, Placing someone in fear of immediate physical injury, Recklessly engaging in behavior which creates a grave risk of death or serious injury, Knowingly causing physical contact with another person knowing it will be considered offensive by the other person, or Knowingly causing physical contact with someone who is incapacitated. Assault in the third degree is typically considered a Class C misdemeanor which carries 15 days in jail and $500 in fines. However, if you have prior assault crimes on your record, you could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and face up to 1 year in jail." So, in conclusion, physical bullying is illegal.

 

Threatening someone is illegal to certain degrees.According to King County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Urquhart http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattle911/2009/10/20/when-are-threatening-words-or-profanity-illegal/ . “Threats to kill can be a felony. Otherwise “threats” are a gross misdemeanor. Illegal threats include threats to do bodily harm, threaten to destroy property or threats to do anything “which is maliciously intended to substantially harm the person threatened or another with respect to his or her physical or mental health or safety.” Either immediately or in the future.The only sign is that the person who is threatened must be placed in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out”.  So, in conclusion, when a kid bullies another kid into doing something, it is illegal.

 

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Bullies in schools are still below the legal adult age. While it might be true that in schools the bullies are minors, they should be still punished. These can continue negative attitudes continue into adulthood.

 

Harassment is illegal, in other words, pressuring someone or intimidating someone is illegal. Cyberbullying can be harassment. For example, if someone threatens to post a photo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc., that could prevent you from getting a job or cause you to lose a job, This counts as harassment and as Cyberbullying if it happens online, and in most cases it does. In conclusion Cyberbullying is illegal.

 

As you can see bullying is clearly illegal but the laws are not enforced. 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and only intervene 4% of the time, therefore, we have to take action because it is clearly illegal. We must inform more people about these laws and situations in order to better not only tomorrow but also today.

 


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