In the case of minors, when bullying gets brought up, many people bring up the fact that their brains are not fully developed until the age of 20 or so. This is true, and I do not dispute it. However, just because their brains arent entirely developed does not mean that shouldnt be held accountable for their actions. If a minor cheated on a test, would the claim about their brains be considered legitimate and make it to where they dont receive punishment? Of course not, so why should bullying someone to death be any different? Finally, bullies should be legally responsible for their actions because it would act as a deterrent. When most people bully, they dont really have any fear of consequences because they know that there really arent any, which is exactly why there should be serious consequences.
Because of the lack of punishment, people just say hurtful things constantly without any thought about what might happen as a result. That is completely ridiculous and something must be done about it. If people knew that their bullying harassment might land them in jail, they would certainly think twice before making those nasty, attacking comments that cause such tremendous harm. Those who have been victimized to their breaking point deserve justice, and holding their tormenters legally responsible is the only way they will receive it. The problem is, when someone has finally had enough of being bullied and they end their lives, no one sees it as anyone elses fault but their own. Somehow suicide isnt as bad as murder, when in fact, its every bit as devastating, if not even more.