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20 questions for 2020

By Wang Yiqing, Liu Jianna, Yao Yuxin, Pan Yixuan, Wang Kan and Zhang Zhouxiang | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2019-12-31 10:55

Q: How can school bullying be curbed?

A: With more severe cases being reported. Chinese people are increasingly concerned about school bullying. However, it is a complicated issue to address.

There is a growing call from the public to address school bullying in terms of the Criminal Law. But there are many difficulties involved.

A judgment under the Criminal Law for juvenile misbehavior can stick to a person throughout their life, especially when the social credit system is playing a growing role in social life. Some involved in bullying may deserve a second chance. There needs to be a distinction between school bullying and violence that is a crime by juvenile perpetrators.

Those juveniles responsible for extremely violent acts should be judged under the Criminal Law, but less serious bullying, the sort that young people often engage in while growing up and becoming socialized should be carefully measured for its effects and treated accordingly.

Then another problem appears: how to establish a discipline system for perpetrators of different levels of mild violence and bullying. How to let them realize and seriously reflect on their wrong deeds? Where to discipline those minors?

The government should support the establishment of special institutions where misbehaved minors can continue their education instead of staying at school. Those children should accept special education and discipline according to their deeds.

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