Private schools nationwide will be holding emergency meetings with Teachers, Parents, Prefects, Students and other Staff. Hopefully all schools especially public schools will follow suit. Indiscipline that causes misery, injury and even murder is not the preserve of private schools or to be swept under the carpet. No parent pays and sends a child to be abused, misused or murdered.
No child should endure the criminality of child abuse from fellow students. Bullying as an acceptable way of toughening students, especially vulnerable students, is an out-of-date tradition inherited from almost all education systems and suicides and murders are recorded in 19th-20th-21st century’s education. Bullying was institutionalised, to be endured without reporting or the victim was punished further for being a tell-tale and ostracised.
In a bullying society, there is a law – ‘No Reporting The Bully’ or it will be the worse for you. Such a ‘Bully Code’ guarantees that if the victim cries out, he or she will be the guilty one in the eyes of fellow students, a fate worse than bullying. So the bullied endures the poisoned school environment until a brave ‘Bully Neutraliser’ usually another senior student, confronts the bully or operates a ‘Bully the Bully Policy’ so the bully gets nasty bully medicine which is often curative.
Bullies do not like to be bullied, abused, beaten, have their pocket-money taken or their bags and other property ransacked, spoilt and misappropriated – the law calls it ‘Theft’.
Parents must teach students from home and look for bullying signs as we send them forth to school. They must 1) Not Become Bullies and 2) Not Tolerate Being Bullied. On entry into school at Morning Assembly during the ‘Five Minutes Daily Assembly Talk’ all students need to hear that ‘Bullying is a Criminal Offence’ punishable by suspension and expulsion and referral to the Remand Home and the Police.
We need to empower prefects to support teachers to ensure no bullying in-between class lessons when the teacher is not in the classroom. We need more prefect and teacher supervision during break, on and off the playground, and at all the other off-playground areas where bullying takes place. These off-playground areas must be identified and monitored by monitors and prefects and teachers.
Every school requires to put in place an ‘Anti-Bullying Protocol’ with the accommodation of whistle-blowers, victims making reports and bullies identified by parents, teachers, students and other non-teaching staff. Nothing must be left to chance or it could fester into a serious consequence for innocent victims