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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #62)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 02:51 AM

72. Our country, USA

You haven't looked hard enough for people serving time for bullying. There are such people, but the actual charges they're imprisoned for are assault, extortion, murder, etc. If you had read my initial post, or read it with a little more attention, you'd know that's what I meant. Do you disagree? We've generally called bullying by different names when it has been inflicted by adults, and there have definitely been charges for it.

Just because something is illegal doesn't mean anybody gets charged. Murder by lynching was illegal throughout the South. Was that law ever applied before 1950? A bully can be in a position where different rules apply to him or her, or charges can be made, but can't be made to stick. It's still an illegal maneuver, just not by virtue of how the "Justice" system operates.

When you consider that people only became concerned about bullying as a category of adult crime in the last five years, then you'd know why it's hard to find people serving time for it by that name. It's a good development, even if I'm worried that people haven't thought carefully enough about what bullying entails.

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