Bullying is repeated aggression – verbal, psychological or physical – conducted by an individual or groups against others. Isolated incidents of aggressive behaviour, which should not be condoned, cannot be described as bullying. however when the behaviour is systematic and ongoing, it is bullying. It may manifest itself in many forms such as physical aggression, damage to property, extortion, intimidation, isolation, name calling and “slagging”. at the centre of our schools response to bullying is the continued development of a positive school climate which focuses on respect for the individual. It is an important element of school policy to raise the awareness of bullying as a form of unacceptable behaviour.
Procedures for noting and reporting an incident of bullying behaviour:
1. all incidents of bullying will be investigated and dealt with by the relevant teachers and the Principal in accordance with the Department of Education and Science Anti- Bullying Procedures for Primary Schools.
2. Parent of victims and bullies will be informed sooner rather than later of incidents.
3. It is made clear to pupils that when they report incidents of bullying they are not telling tales but are behaving responsibly. It is important to counteract a culture which may associate “telling” with informing.
4.Encouraging a child to hit back is a mistake because it does not address the reasons for the bullying behaviour and it could also result in a child being seriously hurt in further incidents