Anti-bul­ly­ing pro­grammes fail to stop lat­est school at­tack

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THE Western Cape Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment (WCED) has ad­mit­ted that only 120 of 215 schools in the Metro South District ben­e­fit from its anti-bul­ly­ing pro­grammes each year.

The area stretches from Blou­bergstrand to Betty’s Bay.

“The district or­gan­ises an Anti-Bul­ly­ing Week in May each year. We also plan to launch an Anti-Bul­ly­ing Char­ter in Au­gust this year af­ter ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with schools,” de­part­ment spokesper­son Jessica Shelver, said.

This fol­lows the emer­gence of yet an­other video of two school­girls fight­ing, that went vi­ral this week.

The video shows two pupils from Salt River High School – one dressed in school uni­form and the other in ca­sual clothes – and a par­ent ex­chang­ing blows out­side the school’s premises.

The al­ter­ca­tion al­legedly stems from in­sults re­port­edly shared in a SMS from one of the girls to the other.

The video shows the girl dressed in ca­sual cloth­ing and her mom ver­bally and phys­i­cally at­tack­ing the other pupil.

Crowds soon formed around the fight­ing fe­males and other pupils can be seen egging them on and chant­ing ob­scen­i­ties.

The school only learnt of the in­ci­dent af­ter the fight took place and af­ter the video went vi­ral.

Shelver said the school was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

The de­part­ment said all eight dis­tricts were en­gaged in ini­tia­tives to ad­dress bul­ly­ing.

Shelver said Metro East has a Pos­i­tive Be­hav­iour Co-or­di­na­tor who works with schools, cir­cuit man­agers and of­fi­cials to iden­tify schools in need of spe­cific sup­port.

This sup­port in­cludes well-struc­tured train­ing pro­grammes for pupils on all lev­els, and teach­ers.

Topics in­clude anti-bul­ly­ing and vi­o­lence, restora­tive prac­tices, class­room man­age­ment, par­ent­ing skills on bul­ly­ing; self-es­teem and its ef­fects on be­hav­iour, and ad­dress­ing the be­hav­iour of young chil­dren.

Shelver added that while the WCED ad­vised schools on codes of con­duct, the school ul­ti­mately dealt with dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures.

“The de­part­ment views bul­ly­ing in a very se­ri­ous light and ap­plies a range of mea­sures to deal with the is­sue,” she said.

WCED said it ran nu­mer­ous anti-bul­ly­ing cam­paigns and in­ter­ven­tions to try to pre­vent bul­ly­ing and deal with it when it does hap­pen.

It stressed that be­hav­iour was in­flu­enced by what chil­dren ob­served at home and in their com­mu­ni­ties.

“We need par­ents to teach their chil­dren how to be­have, to dis­ci­pline them and to pro­vide the guid­ance they need to be re­spect­ful to­wards oth­ers and to un­der­stand how to re­solve con­flicts and in­se­cu­ri­ties with­out re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­dat­ing oth­ers,” said Shelver.

A video ap­par­ently show­ing bul­ly­ing in­volv­ing two pupils from Salt River High School has gone vi­ral.

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