Juvenile bullies are a notion that has existed for many decades, but never to the extent it holds nowadays. Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively to impose domination over others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets. Justifications and rationalizations for such behavior sometimes include differences of class, race, religion, gender, sexuality, appearance, behavior, strength, size or ability (Ericson). According to the most recent study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, during the
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By taking juveniles to court under tort liability the only deterrence that will emerge is of the parents, because minors depend heavily on their parent’s monetary income. Although, by making the offenders parents liable due to the inability of the juvenile to pay the punitive damages might be the drive that would cause the parents to make sure the juvenile bully does not repeat the harmful behavior again, and so acting as a specific deterrence. Parents, as the adult incentives of the family, understand the lost of money in a better sense than juveniles because it is the source of their stability. Once this resource is limited by the juveniles actions the parents might develop a stronger interest in the future actions that their children are taking, and so deterring their further action of harm.
Many victims may have actions for intentional infliction of emotional distress. That tort responds to “extreme and outrageous conduct” by a defendant who intended to cause, or recklessly caused, the plaintiff’s severe emotional distress (Citron). Bullying is defined as a harmful act against a person, which is also stated under tort law that is considered a civil wrong which unfairly causes someone else to suffer loss or harm resulting in legal liability for the person who commits the tortious act. First, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant was under a legal duty to act in a particular fashion. Second, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the