Suicide prompts B.C. to build website to report bullying
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/19/2012 -- A new website provided by the government of British Columbia (B.C.) is allowing students to anonymously report bullying. The website is part of the government's 10-part ERASE Bullying strategy. The strategy will include tougher codes of conduct for schools and multi-year training for educators.
Following the suicide last month of Port Coquitlam teenager Amanda Todd, Education Minister Don McRae announced the directive as part of an anti-bullying forum arranged by Premier Christy Clark.
In an effort to curb bullying, related reports will be sent to safe school coordinators, one assigned to each district. In cooperation with local authorities, safe school coordinators will analyze trends, identify problem areas, and assist in planning appropriate responses. Websites are already established in the Surrey and Nanaimo districts allowing for anonymous reporting.
The one-day forum began with two young adults speaking about the difficulties they experienced in high school as a result of bullying. One of the students, Jay Luty, described the experience as a hellish reality. He described how he was shunned and scorned throughout his secondary school years on the Vancouver Island.
Jay Luty and Buffy Cornell said they regained their confidence by participating in music, sports, and other activities.
Clark told 100 people attending the forum, “Bullying is not a rite of passage.”
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