Bullying is not a normal part of growing up, and it does not build character. Bullying is a learned behaviour. Children and youth often learn bullying behaviours when they either experience being bullied or see it happening to others.
Bullying is defined as repeated and hostile or demeaning behaviour by an individual in the school community where the behaviour is intended to cause harm, fear or distress to one or more other individuals in the school community, including psychological harm or harm to an individual’s reputation.
Bullying is different from conflict. When bullying behaviours go unchecked, it sends a message that these behaviours are acceptable. It is key then that bullying behaviours are reported, addressed and resolved.
Maintaining a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe school environment is a responsibility – one shared by students, parents, teachers, staff and trustees.