Create one behaviour policy for every school to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils

Create one behaviour policy for every school to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils

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Molly Horrocks started this petition to Andy Carter and

Being a teenager myself who recently left high school, (now at college) I have experienced and been told about bullying occurring at school/s. I know it’s not just that school, this is a global problem. School‘s aren’t doing enough to protect those who are being victimised by bullying, and nothing actually happens once bullying has been reported. Their behaviour policy is useless - schools have their own, they’re all different. No consequences for those who are bullying innocent people. Myself, in primary school was bullied for my weight, but nothing was done there either. Too many people are being bullied and schools don’t have a clue what to do, so they make it up, probably excluding the “Bullies” for a week from school, maybe a week in isolation when they come back. It’s not enough. At a study from 2018, “Students who experienced bullying or cyberbullying are nearly 2 times more likely to attempt suicide”, continuing on.. “Current research suggests that suicide ideation and attempts among adolescents have nearly doubled since 2008, making suicide the 2nd leading cause of death for individuals 10-34 years of age”. How disgusting. Something needs to be done. Mental health of young teens matter. Teachers usually say “If I didn’t see it, I can’t do anything about it”.. how about reporting it? Maybe asking that person if they’re okay? Students should feel welcome and safe in a school environment, and not feel scared to come into school. We need a change. Schools don’t have a successful behaviour policy, which supports students who are being bullied. We need a policy which does. No student should be bullied as of their weight, their hair colour, their skin colour, their religion, their sexuality etc. Everything matters. A policy to ensure students are extra protected and feel safe at home, and in school. Students need a change; bullying needs to be spoken about more in school, more awareness, and more consequences in place for those who think it’s okay to do so. If this is successful; the students deserve the change, it’s a good change. They deserve to feel safe and comfortable in school, and those who bully; deserve to have further consequences. If this is unsuccessful, we will have to continue to push forward in making a change for the students and their mental health. Thank you for reading. 

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