Today’s CT has an ‘interesting’ article on an assault which took place at a Tuggeranong high school earlier this week.
To quote the Minister: ”We will eliminate violence and bullying in schools only when we eliminate violence and bullying in society.”
No, we will elimiate bullying in schools when the consequences fit the action. A suspension is a holiday for students and gives them time to organise another bashing or to get mates involved.
Bullies have more ‘power’ – like they need more – than their victims. In order to get a bully removed from the school, there are several hoops which need to be jumped through. The “every child has a right to learn” mantra is always attached.
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The victim’s parents only need to withdraw their child and enrol them somewhere else to stop the situation repeating – or so they think. Thanks to Bebo, Facebook, mobiles and the like, the kid can be track throughout any school in Canberra and be ‘set up’.
If my intel is correct, the victim in this case had already left one school and was set up, through the means listed above, to be bashed.
I’d like to see a tougher stance taken with bullies in that they are removed from the school and placed in any one of the ‘achievement’ centres around Canberra or better still, re-open the behavioural units. They can still have an education, but their victims are not forced to leave their schools. ACTDET’s policy on bullying also needs to be updated and made more relevant to what’s actually going on in schools.
Furthermore, I’d also like to see, and this is a long shot, the parents of bullies held accountable and that includes allowing the use of their computers to upload bullying paraphanalia.