Mock­ing nick­names listed as school bul­ly­ing

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Leng Shumei

The ed­u­ca­tional depart­ment of South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince Mon­day said it con­sid­ers deroga­tory nick­names and cy­ber vi­o­lence as school bul­ly­ing.

A school bully is some­one who in­ten­tion­ally and ma­li­ciously causes phys­i­cal, fi­nan­cial or men­tal harm to oth­ers through speech, phys­i­cal or on­line abuse, re­gard­less of whether it is done in or out of school, ac­cord­ing to a reg­u­la­tion pub­lished on the Guang­dong Prov­ince ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment’s web­site.

It said school bul­ly­ing in­cludes giv­ing oth­ers deroga­tory nick­names and de­grad­ing oth­ers on so­cial me­dia with lan­guage or im­ages.

Stu­dents in­volved in se­ri­ous bul­ly­ing in­ci­dents could be sent to spe­cial schools for cor­rec­tion ed­u­ca­tion, the reg­u­la­tion said.

The reg­u­la­tion ap­plies to all ele­men­tary and sec­ondary stu­dents, as well as those in tech­ni­cian train­ing schools in Guang­dong Prov­ince.

Schools should cre­ate com­mit­tees to in­ves­ti­gate and de­ter­mine if a case con­sti­tutes school bul­ly­ing within 10 days, the doc­u­ment said.

Wan Daqiang, a Bei­jing-based lawyer who spe­cial­izes in child pro­tec­tion, told the Global Times that China lacked de­tailed reg­u­la­tions on school bul­ly­ing man­age­ment, which led to an in­crease in such cases, some deadly.

A girl in her first year in mid­dle school jumped from a build­ing in Jan­uary in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion.

Lo­cal po­lice found the girl’s notes that said she had been bul­lied by class­mates.

“We usu­ally give oth­ers nick­names to make fun of them, but ne­glect the long-last­ing in­flu­ence on them,” Wan noted.

The State Coun­cil’s Ed­u­ca­tion Su­per­vi­sion Com­mit­tee in April launched an anti-bul­ly­ing cam­paign in mid­dle and pri­mary schools.

The com­mit­tee will re­lease a sum­mary of the cam­paign in late No­vem­ber, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment on the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion web­site.

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