With another bullying-related disaster – this one, a teen suicide – the general lack of rules or consequences for harassment that falls short of rape or hospitalization is again highlighted.
Since social pain is processed like physical pain, there's little question how prolonged torture such as is routinely inflicted by packs of bullies can lead to effort to escape at any cost.
Perhaps a region-by-region analysis of the laws of defense are warranted. If bullying is known to create a risk of death by suicide, and is legally tantamount to the indiscriminate application of deadly force, does one's jurisdiction allow application of force by third parties – such as adult observers –against bullies on sight? Deadly force? (It turns out Texas law allows the use of force, but not deadly force, to prevent a suicide.)
Or is there a more effective way to solve this problem?