A different approach
Of course, nobody has a problem with this -- on the surface. But dig deeper and, as usual, the devil is in the details. I remember when Texas was tryihg to ban bullying and some lawmakers defined it as "anything causing emotional distress." And I thought it'd be pretty easy to convict most math teachers daily. And don't get me started on some of the Republican politicians in this state. Emotional distress doesn't begin to describe what they do to me.
The BBC article doesn't mention how the Schools Minister pushing the punishments goes about defining bullying.