Our school has just created a new anti bullying policy that they plan to implement in 2012. It's a great policy, but I have to wonder if this is policy-making just for the sake of it.
It's anti-bullying week and not a word has been said to the kids at school about it. Instead of having a whole school discussion or forum on bullying they had a whole school incursion on pets.
My DD is currently being bullied by way of exclusion by a group of 'mean girls'.
The ring leader of the group is always telling on my DD for the most ridiculous and often fictional reasons.
Because DD has an anxiety disorder, she gets so upset and flustered that she can't verbalise her side of things with the teachers. She feels too intimidated, and feels like they won't believe her over the ringleader anyway.
DD keeps getting the dreaded 'yellow slips' each time this girl tells tall tales about DD to the teachers on duty.
But this girl rarely gets yellow-slipped because nobody feels brave enough to tell on her for the things she does.
The teachers have now told DD she is not allowed to play with this girl, implying that DD is the trouble maker- and further excluding her. (Yet they have not discussed the issue with me at all).
DD has stayed home from school today, so she can have some much needed TLC and a break from the hopeless situation at school.
All of the stress lowers her immune system, so she's physically sick too.
I know most schools have a anti-bullying policy, yet they don't seem to be enforced unless it's on the extreme end of the spectrum....mostly violence.
Policies are great, but action is the solution.
Bullying is behaviour not tolerated by NSW Public Schools.
Bullying can happen anywhere: at school, in sporting teams, between neighbours. Bullying can take on various forms including giving nasty looks, making rude gestures, calling names, being rude and impolite, spreading stories and rumours and teasing.
This behaviour may include:
~ keeping someone out of a group
~ acting in an unpleasant way near someone
~ 'mucking about' that goes too far
~ harassment or any form of discrimination based on disability, gender, race or religion.
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