New panel to tackle ‘endemic’ bullying

First published in News by , Crime reporter

A panel is to be set up to try to tackle the problem of bullying in Brighton and Hove’s schools.

A cross-party group of councillors will look into why children in the city are continuing to suffer abuse at the hands of other youngsters.

The investigation follows a request from Conservative Brighton and Hove city councillor Andrew Wealls backed by parents, charities and the youth council.

The scrutiny panel is expected to speak to experts on bullying as well as parents and victims before it comes up with recommendations for how to deal with the issue.

Coun Wealls said parents of pupils at Brighton and Hove schools told him that “things were as bad as they had ever been” with regards to bullying. One mother, who asked not to be named, admitted to Coun Wealls that “some of her children have been bullied whilst others were bullies”.

Coun Wealls said: “She says her experience is that schools do not take the issue seriously, claim they will deal with the problem and she doesn’t hear anything further.”

Tamsin Knight, a bullying prevention worker at Portslade-based charity Safety Net, said: “Some schools have a way to go and I also believe that there will always be a place to teach children lifelong assertiveness skills and techniques.”

Ian Cunningham, the principal of the Self-Managed Learning College, added: “Bullying is endemic in all of Brighton’s secondary schools. We have students from most of them. We have had experience of that.”

A spokesman for the youth council said: “Bullying does happen at school and not just in the playground – it also happens in the classroom.”

Sue Shanks, the chair of the council’s children and young people committee, said surveys suggested there had been a 10% drop in bullying in secondary schools over the last six years.

But she added: “We take bullying very seriously. “The city council, in partnership with colleagues in the community and voluntary sector, offers guidance and support to schools on preventing and responding to bullying.”

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1:12pm Thu 20 Dec 12

cwo1993 says...

My brother has had hip operations and has a slight limp in his walk. A boy in his class called him a cripple and also called another boy, who is of Jewish decent, a 'Jew c*nt'. He got a two day suspension for comments that are really quite worrying for a 12 year old. This is just the problem, suspending a child for two days is like giving them two days off school on holiday, most kids will hardly see it as a punishment. The whole approach to bullying needs a massive overhaul.
My brother has had hip operations and has a slight limp in his walk. A boy in his class called him a cripple and also called another boy, who is of Jewish decent, a 'Jew c*nt'. He got a two day suspension for comments that are really quite worrying for a 12 year old. This is just the problem, suspending a child for two days is like giving them two days off school on holiday, most kids will hardly see it as a punishment. The whole approach to bullying needs a massive overhaul. cwo1993
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2:23pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Morpheus says...

Why the bullying? Look to the parents and teachers and the complete lack of discipline.
Why the bullying? Look to the parents and teachers and the complete lack of discipline. Morpheus
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10:46pm Thu 20 Dec 12

qm says...

Don't need a panel to realise that cr*p parenting produces cr*p children.
The only panel required is where to apply eugenics!!!
Don't need a panel to realise that cr*p parenting produces cr*p children. The only panel required is where to apply eugenics!!! qm
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11:18pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Orlando Faark says...

Bullying seems to me to be a term used by confused adults to defend actions that so often amount to criminal offences if carried out by adults.

I would get the police involved if someone is verbally and physically abusive to anyone - just because the victim is a child should not relegate what would be an offence to instead be dealt with by organisations that don't have the powers or insight to be swift and remorseless in dealing with scum.
Scumbags and career criminals were all kids once - most cut their teeth 'bullying'.
Bullying seems to me to be a term used by confused adults to defend actions that so often amount to criminal offences if carried out by adults. I would get the police involved if someone is verbally and physically abusive to anyone - just because the victim is a child should not relegate what would be an offence to instead be dealt with by organisations that don't have the powers or insight to be swift and remorseless in dealing with scum. Scumbags and career criminals were all kids once - most cut their teeth 'bullying'. Orlando Faark
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7:05am Fri 21 Dec 12

george smith says...

Orlando Faark wrote:
Bullying seems to me to be a term used by confused adults to defend actions that so often amount to criminal offences if carried out by adults.

I would get the police involved if someone is verbally and physically abusive to anyone - just because the victim is a child should not relegate what would be an offence to instead be dealt with by organisations that don't have the powers or insight to be swift and remorseless in dealing with scum.
Scumbags and career criminals were all kids once - most cut their teeth 'bullying'.
Totally true, but then bullying in the work place is rife as well. Probably in schools as well with the staff, seem to remember reading about teachers being bullied by the management.
[quote][p][bold]Orlando Faark[/bold] wrote: Bullying seems to me to be a term used by confused adults to defend actions that so often amount to criminal offences if carried out by adults. I would get the police involved if someone is verbally and physically abusive to anyone - just because the victim is a child should not relegate what would be an offence to instead be dealt with by organisations that don't have the powers or insight to be swift and remorseless in dealing with scum. Scumbags and career criminals were all kids once - most cut their teeth 'bullying'.[/p][/quote]Totally true, but then bullying in the work place is rife as well. Probably in schools as well with the staff, seem to remember reading about teachers being bullied by the management. george smith
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