Par­ents’ onus to curb bul­ly­ing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - — PROCURATORATE DAILY

The prin­ci­pal and deputy prin­ci­pal of a mid­dle school in Yichuan county, Cen­tral China’s He­nan prov­ince, have been re­moved from their posts be­cause of a bul­ly­ing in­ci­dent on cam­pus, the lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties said on Tues­day. This is a rare oc­ca­sion when the lead­ers of a school have been held ac­count­able for cam­pus vi­o­lence — in this in­stance, two girls took turns to slap an­other girl in the face — and thus it is be­ing in­ter­preted as the au­thor­i­ties’ in­ten­si­fy­ing ef­forts to clamp down on it.

The fre­quent re­ports of bul­ly­ing in schools in re­cent years have sparked wide­spread con­cerns about the safety of chil­dren and dis­con­tent at the in­ef­fec­tive ef­forts by the schools to curb such acts.

How­ever, the dis­missal of school ad­min­is­tra­tors does not mean cam­pus bul­ly­ing will be erad­i­cated. More should be done to ed­u­cate stu­dents on how to be­have them­selves, and in this, fam­i­lies and the rest of so­ci­ety have im­por­tant roles to play in in­cul­cat­ing mi­nors with a code of ac­cept­able be­hav­ior.

Schools are be­lieved by some to be chiefly re­spon­si­ble for pre­vent­ing acts of bul­ly­ing on their cam­puses. How­ever, school au­thor­i­ties have few means to pun­ish bul­lies un­der the cur­rent ed­u­ca­tion man­age­ment sys­tem.

A guide­line jointly pro­mul­gated by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and other State de­part­ments at the end of last year, which is aimed at pre­vent­ing bul­ly­ing acts among pri­mary and mid­dle school stu­dents, stip­u­lates that stu­dents re­peat­edly bul­ly­ing oth­ers can be trans­ferred to a special school, but so far no spe­cific mea­sures have been for­mu­lated to en­able this.

To a large ex­tent, the root cause of bul­ly­ing on cam­pus can be traced to fam­ily ed­u­ca­tion. As the guardians of mi­nors, par­ents have the main re­spon­si­bil­ity for their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion and man­ner of be­hav­ior.

While cen­sur­ing those young­sters in­volved in bul­ly­ing, we should also think about whether par­ents can do more to stop this.

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