IN THE wake of the recent tragic deaths of two young school girls in counties Leitrim and Donegal, Co. Louth VEC has requested all of its schools and centres to undertake a 'root and branch' review of their approaches to dealing with bullying, including cyberbullying.
'The issue of bullying, in all of its forms, is a complex one that transcends the whole school community,' said Dr Pádraig Kirk, CEO Co Louth VEC. ' These tragedies act as a wake up call for us all and it is crucial that all the education partners work together to achieve zero tolerance on the issue'.
Describing cyberbullying as 'an old problem in a new guise', he said bullying has always been a challenge for schools and schools have always had their ways of addressing and dealing with it. The VEC has asked teachers, parents, youth workers and other adults in positions of authority that work with young people to be alert for the tell-tale signs of bullying.