School bullying initiative a step in right direction
Bullying is one of society's modern scourges. Whether it is bullying of individuals in the school yard or cyber-bullying, which is even more pernicious and difficult to regulate, it has to be stamped out. Schools have been grappling with this issue and now Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has issued a set of guidelines, ordering 4,000 primary and secondary schools to introduce mandatory procedures to deal with the issue.
There have been too many tragic events in the past number of years for any section of society to pay lip service to the issue any longer.
From next Easter school principals are to be held accountable for bullying policies and they will be required to report regularly to their board of management on how bullying issues are dealt with in the school.