Do not put words into my mouth, Chys. Nowhere did I state that there should be no consequences. Just that for change and prevention, one cannot rely on that. I get that you are focused on the punishment and justice. I just disagree that that approach will effectively prevent bullying from occurring or deescalate things that are heading that direction.
As another poster mentioned, there are far more children than adults in school. When children/observers are empowered to know what to do, like informing an adult even if it doesn't involve them, it means adults are aware more quickly and consequences can be dealt more quickly. So frankly, even in a punitive situation, bystanders are *still* imperative.
and nor am i stating that bystanders should be discounted completely. i think we are talking around in circles but trying to arrive at the same point! i am focused on looking at the problem of bullying as being on a continuum. in other words, maximizing options/solutions that deal with the level/stage at which the bullying problem exists.