Bullying is repeated aggression which is verbal, psychological or physical. Bullying is conducted by an individual or group against others. Isolated incidents of aggressive behaviour, which should not be condoned, cannot be described as bullying. It may manifest itself in many forms such as physical aggression, damage to property, extortion, intimidation, isolation, name-calling and “slagging”. At the centre of our school’s response to bullying is the continued development of a positive school climate, which focuses on respect for the individual. It is an important element of school policy to raise awareness of bullying as a form of unacceptable behaviour.
Procedures for Noting and Reporting an Incident of Bullying Behaviour:
- All incidents of bullying, no matter how trivial, will be investigated and dealt with by the teachers.
- Serious cases of bullying behaviour by pupils are to be referred immediately to the Principal.
- Those involved will be interviewed individually and then collectively.
- Communication with parents will be necessary if behaviour continues.
- Teachers will keep a written record of all serious incidents of misbehaviour.
Anti-bullying Code in Fossa National School:
Every pupil has the right to enjoy his/her time in Fossa National School, free from bullying, both in school and on their journey to and from school. Our school will not tolerate any unkind actions or remarks, even if these were not meant to hurt. Pupils should support each other by reporting all instances of bullying. Bullying is regarded as a very serious matter; no child has a right to strike another, even in “self-defence”.
It is made clear to pupils that when they report incidents of bullying they are not telling tales but are behaving responsibly. It is important to counteract a culture which may associate “telling” with “informing”. Encouraging a child to strike back is mistaken because it does not address the reasons for the bullying behaviour and it could also result in a child being seriously hurt if the bully is more adept at fighting.