Bullying Is The Job Of Parents And Schools

929 Words Jun 17th, 2015 4 Pages
Bullying is when you force someone to do something they do not want to, and it can cause stress or then leads to suicide in some cases. In “ Schoolyard Bullies ” by Stephanie Simon, prosecutor James Backstrom maintains school bullies should go to jail. However, I do not think bullies should go to jail, because there are different degrees of bullying. Some bullies are victims, and sending bullies to jail does not cure them. Stopping bullying is the job of parents and schools. Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. Parents should recognize the warning signs that the child is involved in bullying. Children could be being bullied, bullying others, or witnessing bullying. Although these signs could signal other issues, parents should talk to their children if they display any sort of behavioral or emotional changes. Many times children won’t ask for help, so it is important to know what to look for. If the child is at immediate risk of harming himself or others, parents need to get help right away. Just sending the children who are bullies to go to jail, and doing jail time are not a good way to correct children’s behaviors. “ I understand the rationale . . . , but incarceration is a fairly big stick," says Susan Limber, a bullying expert at Clemson University. "You can get the same payoff with a lot less drastic measures" (Simon 2). Moreover, if the children go to jail, they might not change their mind, even though their behavior will be…
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