Consultations set for ways to help respond to bullying

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Education Minister Clyde Jackman — Telegram file photo

A consultative process beginning this week is hoped to garner ideas to help strengthen the way the education system reports and responds to incidents of bullying and aggressive behaviours among students, the provincial government announced today.

The consultations will focus on finalizing a definition of bullying as it pertains to the education system; a Bullying Prevention and Intervention Protocol, and a consistent Code of Conduct to be used in all schools. There will also be an opportunity to suggest ways to address cyber-bullying; the role of students, schools, parents and the community at large in preventing and responding to bullying behaviours.

“Those consultations are set to begin this week, with a focus group session to be held with the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils on Friday,” said Education Minister Clyde Jackman.

“It will be followed next week with sessions in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Labrador City for Labrador School District personnel, principals, teachers, school council chairs and parent representatives, as well as intermediate and high school students.”

The presentation and discussion guide can be viewed at, through which participants are guided to respond to specific questions and suggestions. General feedback is also encouraged through the webpage, via email, or by regular mail. The current Provincial Safe and Caring Schools Policy (2006); a recently-released independent consultant’s evaluation of that policy, as well as other related background materials, are included on the webpage.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils, Provincial Safe and Caring Schools Policy

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay, Labrador

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  • Shaira
    January 09, 2013 - 17:42

    Avoiding a bully is one reason your child may be reluctant to go to school. Perhaps he is being forced to relinquish his lunch money to this bully. Or he might be fearful of physical harm. If you suspect a problem like this, you need to take action to ensure your child's safety and well-being. Thus, being a parent I've learned to be vigilant and more particular on the safety of my teens especially when it comes with bullying cases. Then I found this site that provides a protection for children from a safety mobile protection that can access family, friends and 911 in times of emergency. I just downloaded their application on their iPhone. Here’s where you can find it:

  • Diane Massey-Todd
    November 20, 2012 - 12:08

    I admire your efforts to take bullying on 'head-on'. I assure you, this issue is at the core of human relationships all over the world. It can be addressed with positive results; we see success with Teaching Tolerance, a free program of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Articles are available for educational use at TOLERANCE.ORG/MAGAZINE/ARCHIVES. Best wishes to you in your work. Diane

  • roy
    November 20, 2012 - 08:44

    Mr Jackman has his hands full, first on his agenda should be to sit down with his collegue Mr. Russell, first it was mumbo jumbo with the inuit, now it seems that he is facing suspension for bullying the fers at a hockey game he was coaching. Young people attend these games a imitate their superiors. This Russell is a good example of a NL joke except that it is serious when bullying is getting attention. Enough said.

  • KD
    November 20, 2012 - 07:55

    Bullying will never stop in our schools people in charge has no training in these matters and couldnt care less get through the day collect pay cheque life goes on kids who are trying to get an education are the ones most bullied the bullies are the kids who will never succeed and become the adults who fill our court rooms on a daily baisis

  • stephen
    November 20, 2012 - 07:12

    Sounds like David has an axe to grind.........

  • David
    November 19, 2012 - 13:50

    This is a province of bullies, for lack of any other way of having a debate...politicians buly, unions bully, business owners bully, neighbours bully, etc. etc. etc. The rest of the world can be outraged by bullying all it Newfoundland, it's simply who we are and how we act...and we're still a good generation or two from even thinking of it as a problem we have, and not just tagging along on a 'mainland sensibility du jour'. But please do keep working on the smoking.....that was accomplished a decade ago upalong.