Decision Maker Response

James Merlino’s response

Mar 9, 2016 — Bullying will not be tolerated in our schools.

All children and young people have a right to be treated with dignity and respect no matter their background, disability or sexual orientation

The allegations raised in this case are deeply concerning and I have asked the Department to investigate.

All schools must have in place policies and procedures to prevent bullying and to ensure the safety and well-being of students.

There are a range of expert services and supports available to students who are victims of bullying within schools such as student wellbeing coordinators, chaplains and through School Services Support Officers, such as psychologists, social workers and guidance officers.

I am pleased that Nathan is currently in school and continuing his education. This clearly demonstrates his resilience and courage in extremely difficult circumstances.