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This week we have a letter from a brave stu­dent at a col­lege in the Welling­ton re­gion.

The per­son wrote a pub­lic ar­ti­cle about how hor­ri­ble it was for them to go to school be­cause of ver­bal bul­ly­ing.

‘‘I should be able to go to school ev­ery day and not burst into tears when I get home,’’ they wrote.

No child in our re­gion should be feel­ing this way, yet sadly bul­ly­ing is still rife in many schools.

It’s not al­ways ob­vi­ous, there are of­ten no vis­i­ble scars or bruises and vic­tims may not have the courage to come for­ward.

Bul­ly­ing needs to be a fo­cus. It’s not enough to talk about a ‘‘zero tol­er­ance’’ or claim it isn’t a prob­lem in your school. Ac­tions speak louder than words.

Teach­ers need to be seen to be ac­tively tack­ling all forms of bul­ly­ing so vic­tims know that if they come for­ward they will be be­lieved, helped and that the is­sue will stop.

No child should go home cry­ing.


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