Current Bullying Laws Not Working

1100 WordsApr 23, 20195 Pages
Current Bullying Laws Not Working Bullying is something that has been going on in schools and communities for centuries. There are however, laws that have been put into place to help prevent bullying. These laws were first started in 1964. However, “under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not directly cover religion, often religious based harassments are based on shared ancestry of ethnic characteristics which is covered.”(Federal Laws 1) Laws started changing around 1995 that helped reinforce what schools should be doing to prevent bullying. Bullying is defined as a behavior that encompasses threats, physical aggression, teasing, and harassment. Since bullying laws…show more content…
Another person that is affected is the witnesses. They are rarely thought of but they have increased use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, along with mental health problems and depression. Furthermore, since there are no federal laws that address bullying, “bullying overlaps with discriminatory harassment when it is based on race, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, or religion.”(Federal Laws 1) After the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, forty-eight states put anti-bullying laws into place. All of their laws state that a hardcore investigation must take place, along with reporting it, followed by strict punishment. A victim has to report it happening from the same person or group repeatedly before anything is done about it, in order to suspend or expel the bully. Not many students in school are willing to report any bullying activity, they fear that they too will become bullied, for being a “snitch” or “tattle tale”. Students know that if the bully discovers who told on them, then it will make them more hostile and escalate them to find more cruel way to punish their victim. Even if the bully is expelled from school there is other means of torturing someone. One way that has risen since the laws were put into place, is cyber bullying. Ever since the social pages like MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook have become
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