Huge Issue. In fact, there is reason to believe there is a strong correlation between being a bully and growing into a criminal. Startling statistic: 60% of seasoned middle school bullies are indicted or charged with a crime by the time they are 24 years old.
Because they never receive real consequences that force them to introspect and reflect. Typically school bullies receive detentions and suspensions. This protocol simply does not work. It does not force a bully to understand how their behavior negatively affects the victim or themselves. What most don't understand is that bullies are negatively affected by their own behavior.
Lets start forcing bullies to understand and reform via forced research, volunteer service, active engagement and clear laid out escalating consequences, if they do not stop.
Read more in "When Your Child Is Being Bullied: Real Solutions." See solutionsforbullying.com