It is fashionable to blame schools for all that is going wrong. They are targets which cannot publicly respond.
There are two problems with blaming schools for the rampant bullying in our world. One is mobile phones. Kids share their mobile numbers with friends, who upon falling out, share that number with other people who are not averse to abusing someone anonymously by hiding their caller ID.
The other issue is social media. An unfettered social media account is either a licence to bully, or an invitation to be bullied. Facebook and other unregulated sites have given the mean-minded an unchecked outlet. In short, the bullied are accessible 24/7 and schools cannot stop that.
Schools could confiscate the phones of a suspected bully and have unrestricted access to the data held on that phone. Would many parents of bullies agree to that? Social media should be policed but how can that be done without it becoming a threat to free speech? COLIN FRASER, Sheidow Park.