We live in a country that has many races, ethnic backgrounds and personal beliefs. We live in a small community because we want what is best for our children. We enjoy the small community for its schools, extra-curricular activities, and yet, despite outcries from our children, and our parents, we have a community that has bullying ongoing.
We have schools that don’t make monitoring this a priority. Why are there not regular bullying presentations for the entire school being held? Why is there not increased supervision on the playgrounds? Why do we still have our children hiding behind trees because someone is singling them out?
There is a bigger concern; why are parents not sitting down with their children and explaining that bullying is against the law? That charges can be laid against you if this behaviour continues?
I know we are all not perfect and there is the odd situation that slips by our attention but if the topic were religion, or health or sex, I’m sure we would all be sitting down and having that chat numerous times with our children.
I am a parent of two, and I know that when things come home to me, I am on it right away. Whether it is that my children were being bullied, or they were retaliating and doing the bullying. I gave the correct lecture to the correct source and have made it a regular conversation in my home.
I would expect the same out of our school system and parents alike.