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Bullying laws in ACT schools

By Delish 24 February 2011 24

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…

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Tooks 1:25 pm 26 Feb 11

JustThinking said :

Tooks said :

Any idea why the mother in the OP didn’t report the assault to police?

Tooks, most times the police just contact the school and if the school says they are dealing with it nothing else is done (by the police)
Bullying on school grounds isn’t usually dealt with by police the same as assaults/bullying in jail isn’t.

Sorry, but that’s a load of crap. If the victim wants police to investigate an assault, then it will be investigated – end of story. BTW Police regularly deal with both bullying on school grounds AND assaults in jail.

Tooks 1:19 pm 26 Feb 11

richardh9935 said :

Tooks said :

Any idea why the mother in the OP didn’t report the assault to police?

In these cases, reporting the incident to the police is only useful for collecting evidence, getting a time and date stamp and an incident number.

Get a lawyer, son, Get a real good one, and sue the bully. A few hundred thousand dollars debt before they’ve even started working may shake them a bit.

Great attitude. If we’re not the most litigious country in the world, we’ve gotta be close.

richardh9935 10:35 pm 25 Feb 11

Tooks said :

Any idea why the mother in the OP didn’t report the assault to police?

In these cases, reporting the incident to the police is only useful for collecting evidence, getting a time and date stamp and an incident number.

Get a lawyer, son, Get a real good one, and sue the bully. A few hundred thousand dollars debt before they’ve even started working may shake them a bit.

richardh9935 10:33 pm 25 Feb 11

Take legal advice. Sue for damages, now. Don’t wait for police action or 20 years to pass. Sue the bully, because civil actions will win more easily. Police actions must be proved beyond reasonable doubt, but civil actions are won on the balance of probabilities.

I was beaten, lost a tooth and a week of school with concussion, 44 years ago, and I’m still angry.

Better get a lawyer, son, better get a real good one.

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