Updated 17 January 2002, 09.57
Do bullies deserve a second chance?
The government has decided to introduce rules which means bullies and pupils who carry weapons will be excluded from school.
It will also be made harder for them to return once they've been expelled.
Do you think this will make you feel safer from bullies?
Or do you think it won't give bullies a chance to mend their ways and learn that bullying is wrong.
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I understand bullies have problems but the only way they can properly face up to them is through force, so maybe expulsion is the only way.
Julia, 14, Barnet
I think if one person can make so many people upset and ruin their chances to a good education then they don't deserve one.
Philip, 12, Oldham
A boy at my school had his nose broken the other day and the bullies got away with a detention, what kind of a lesson is that going to teach them? If people are getting away that easily then the problem is never going to be solved.
Eddie, 13, Bury
Bullies are bullies. They are selfish, mean and don't care for others. They pick on weaker children just for fun. I think they should be expelled and taught not to harm others.
Heather, 14, Southampton
At the moment I am at home after being suspended for hitting someone who has been bullying me for 3 years. I think the schools are wrong for suspending me, I think they should crack down on bullying as much as they can to help everyone.
Jason, 14, Brackley
I think that bullies should be excluded because I get picked on by loads of people just because I have a different accent.
Alexander, 11, Chester
I think it's good that bullies should be expelled because I was bullied and it's not very nice at all.
Katie, 11, Lichfield
I think bullies should get another chance to prove themselves but be punished but if they do it again.
Eleanor, 13, Doveridge
I think bullies should
be expelled because they punish other children in the school so they should be
Laura, 13, Newport
Bullies are people that are often more hurt themselves than the actual person they have victimised, they should be given a second chance to mend their errors and see right from wrong.
Phillip, 11, Chester
I think bullies should be expelled and don't deserve a second chance. There's no reason for bullying.
Sophie, 11, Bradford
I think bullies shouldn't have a second chance and should be punished because if they have a second chance they will obviously carry on and get worse.
Jodie, 13, London
Bullies shouldn't get a second chance. They should realise bullying is pathetic and stupid.
Heather, 10, Kendal
I think that bullies should be kicked out because it is the only way to get rid of them. If people know about this punishment then it should stop it.
Sophie, 14, Crewe
I think that bullies should get expelled, if they are caught. This would set an example for other children that bullying is bad.
Nahid, 14, Sheffield
Bullies should be given a second chance to give them a chance to see the error of their ways.
Tom, 11, Grimsby
Bullies deserve a second chance because if they get expelled they will not have a good education.
Ryan & Sharnie, 10, Birmingham
Bullies are people just like everyone else! I think that to bully someone you have to be going through a rough patch. I'm not saying that bullying is right as I was once a bully but I have seen the error of my ways!
Elizabeth, 15, Taunton
Bullies do not deserve a second chance. Whatever they do to other people should not be allowed at all and parents should be in control over their children at home and at school.
Dionne, 14, Birmingham
I think bullies should be kept out from school full stop!
Mellisa, 12, Tooting
I don't think bullies deserve a second chance as they hurt other people and should be punished.
Lara, 11, Wellingborough
I think they shouldn't be expelled because then they will only ever be bad.
Lucy, 9, Chichester