Is there any policy and or consistency of how the ACT deals with bullying in schools?
I witnessed a girl trying to hide a swollen face and bruised eye on the bus, she was naturally distressed and was not like being on the bus but was her only way to the Dr’s. She was with her mother who was trying to ease her embarrassment and pain, the mother and myself started up a conversation and she told me that her daughter had been the victim of bullying. She had been chased down and hit by a girl who was older and bigger.
This sounded very stressing and targeted by the bully, so I asked what was happening as a result. The ‘punishment’ for the offender is either two things – the offender can either write a letter of apology OR be suspended. Wait for it – it is the offender that chooses what there punishment is. The girl who was bashed and embarrassed on the action bus has no say in what the punishment is. Of course the child chose ‘the letter’. Further more to this there is no indication as the whether the parents are informed. (This is Gungahlin college policy)
The girl and her mother are now getting a restraining / DVO order out on the offender to protect the child (victim) at school and outside. As the school has done nothing further to kerb and or stop the bullying.
I feel that there is no consistency in the ACT and it is purely up to the school how they deal with bullying. Another bad school is St Thomas Aquinas. I was informed that the school had an ‘old school policeman’ from the Yass area. So I have thought that he would have a no tolerance and or ‘know’ his school. The school was introduced to a UK family that had migrated from the UK – with the tag ‘they come from poverty’.
Girls hit the school with some most colourful language which included – sl*ts, to all the girls, stinky filthy black boongs to all the Indigenous and Africans, Asians were just spat on.
The parents naturally had a few issues with this family including myself and when I ‘took it up with the school’ I was told that they were from poverty (UK kids). Most of these children live in conditions that are low income earners and some from poverty however there rights were not listen too at all and there ‘absences’ from school were stacking up. The problem was never dealt with and these UK girls have not been punished and UK girls have now moved from the school to high school.
I do not think that victims should be sentencing how the bully is punished but we need to remember that a victim is a victim. I am not saying we should have corporal punishments but I do believe that we should have a consistent policy on school bullying in schools. This should be across the board both public, private and catholic… Have you or you child been a victim of bullying? What was the result… Please any information in relation would be good…