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If Hazing is illegal why isn't "bullying"?

Asked by raven860 (2144 points ) August 10th, 2011

Just what the question asks. I put bulling in quotes because under law it should come as harassment but society likes to use the term “bullying”.

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JLeslie's avatar

I am not familiar with the laws, but the term bullying generally connotes younger people being involved. Also, bullying is not typicaly to be accepted into a group, but actually keeping a person out and ostracized, while hazing is. Hazing is more like a right of passage or requirement into a group.

saraaaaaa's avatar

Because bullying is such subjective term, and whilst I definitely do not support bullying, I believe making something like that illegal and therefore punishable by law would become subject to a lot of abuse and false claims.

Donald_Trump's avatar

Bullying is illegal when it becomes assault, battery, or assault and battery. In some areas, verbal bullying can be termed “hate crimes” and are thus also illegal with definite punishments associated with convictions thereof.

marinelife's avatar

It should be.

Hibernate's avatar

Well I don’t know. It’s a bad thing to do to others but society doesn’t always pick the good things.

Blackberry's avatar

Because bullying is such subjective term, and whilst I definitely do not support bullying, I believe making something like that illegal and therefore punishable by law would become subject to a lot of abuse and false claims” – Saraaaaaa

linguaphile's avatar

Hazing is systemic—it’s done by one group to another and if you “make it through” you’re rewarded. Hazing becomes dangerous because it usually increases in severity with each generation of hazers. Hazing is a form of bullying, yes, but bullying might not be hazing. Bullying is less contained and less systemic, so it is much harder to regulate.

Aethelflaed's avatar

Because on the list of abuse we need to make illegal now, bullying isn’t a priority.

lemming's avatar

You can’t stop bullying. You can’t stop people disliking a person and often a group of people dislike the same person. Being physically bullied or harrassed, that’s preventable, but not bullying altogether.

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