Should students who bully be expelled?

While there isn't a definitively correct answer to this question, many would argue that students who bully should be expelled in cases of repeat offenses or in order to honor school policy.

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Whether or not a student that bullies other students should be expelled from school is up to you in the case of this question. There isn't a definitively correct answer, so you could answer in support or opposition of it. Consider who your reader is and consider even tailoring your...

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Whether or not a student that bullies other students should be expelled from school is up to you in the case of this question. There isn't a definitively correct answer, so you could answer in support or opposition of it. Consider who your reader is and consider even tailoring your response to fit your reader's opinion or expectations.

The first thing to do is craft a thesis statement that alerts your reader to your argument. With a topic like the prompt indicates, I recommend using a thesis statement that forces you to address both sides of the issue. That way, you let your reader know that you are at least knowledgeable of and sensitive to the other side of the argument. This kind of thesis might look like the following: "Although expelling a bully might seem like a solution to the problem, school bullies should be mentored to instead of immediately expelled."

There are reasons to expel a school bully. If the school's policy is zero tolerance for bullying, then an administrator really has no choice other than to expel the bully. The problem with this action is that it isn't necessarily a negative punishment. Taking away the school option (or that particular school) might not be seen as a punishment, which means the bully interprets the expulsion as a reward. The expulsion might qualify as negative reinforcement too: "If I bully, then the restriction of school is removed." Immediately expelling a bully doesn't necessarily find the root cause of why the person is bullying; therefore, it does nothing to rehabilitate the bully.

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