Bullying is not kids being kids, and Hong Kong laws should reflect this
- Being bullied can have serious effects on a child’s mind and development, and such acts should be treated as assault
I am writing in response to the article, “With at least third of 15-year-olds falling victim, is it time for anti-bullying laws in Hong Kong?” (November 13). For decades, the issue of bullying has plagued school-going Hongkongers. For starters, Hong Kong children are mostly told that only the strong survive. The parents’ original intention in teaching this may have been that the students become more competitive in class and in exams. But this might make weaker children even weaker because of a loss of confidence, while stronger children may feel superior from overconfidence and want to wield that power over their classmates.
Bullying should not be dismissed as childish playfulness. The physical violence or name-calling can cause depression and anxiety among victims, and even cause them to self-harm or contemplate suicide.
If these “apex predators” are not stopped early in life, they are likely to go on to hurt others. The government should definitely implement a law that counts bullying as assault, so that going to school does not have to be a hellish experience for picked-upon children and bullies get a shot at reforming themselves.
Juno Wong, Po Lam