Note: I'm not looking to discuss bullying against specific groups in this thread. Instead, I'd like to stick to the larger issues that transcend specific cases. Does bullying on the whole yield a social benefit? Or is it harmful, playing a role in creating social ills? And the natural follow-up: Is it something we should encourage, or something we should combat? And the broader issue: Which do we value more: conforming with social norms, or individual freedom & autonomy? Is there a middle ground that can support both (enforcing social norms to prevent harm, while allowing harmless non-conformity)? Are bullying and violence separate issues, or do they go hand in hand? At what point does bullying escalate to a point where it should not be tolerated? Last question: Do you accept bullying as a social norm? Or do you think that while it's natural, normal human behavior that there should be limits? Define those limits, please.