General: School bullying must be tackled, say lawyers

The SA Women Lawyers Association has called for action against bullying, especially in schools, says a report in The Star. It said it was deeply concerned that, just like in the cases of gender-based violence, the many incidents of bullying in schools and society, in general, got inconsistent public and media attention or coverage. ‘It is only when lives are lost where both the media and the public will do awareness on the matters,’ said Mpho Kgabi, general secretary of the association. ‘We call for all schools to address bullying by ensuring that anti-bullying strategies including policies, awareness campaigns, and psychosocial support are developed and independently audited. It is imperative for parents and teachers to collaboratively work together in the fight against bullying by openly discussing issues of bullying.’ She said schools should not disregard ‘minor’ complaints and they should create a safe environment in which learners feel free to report bullying without fear of judgment, humiliation, and discrimination.

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