"Bullying is repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against others."
(Department of Education - 1993)
To emphasise that bullying, both verbal and physical will not be tolerated.
A student needs a secure, happy and friendly environment in order to learn effectively.
Bullying is a wilful conscious desire to physically or emotionally hurt another person or to put her or him under stress.
Bullying can be in a variety of forms: physical; verbal; extortion; exclusion from groups; incitement; threatening gestures; theft of property; sexual harassment and innuendo and racism.
Bullying will be dealt with by:
- making students aware of what bullying involves
- reminding students of their rights and responsibilities
- encouraging students to help and respect each other
- making sure that students know how to seek support if their rights are being violated
- encouraging students to talk about any problems they are experiencing
- asking parents to discuss any problems they know or suspect their child is having and contact the school immediately. Parents can be assured that all matters will be treated with sensitivity.
- applying fair, firm and consistent sanctions
- discussing problems and incidents fully with all concerned
- carefully monitoring any incidents of bullying
In cases of severe or persistent bullying the school authorities reserve the right to suspend a student. The severity of the sanction will be determined by the degree and frequency of bullying engaged in.
Both the victim and the bully will have recourse to a fair hearing with no bias.
Counselling will be provided for the student who has been bullied and the student who has engaged in bullying behaviour.
Bullying knows no boundaries of age, sex or socio-economic background.
Bullying can be short term, or continue over long periods, even years.
Bullying quickly causes pain and distress to the victims.