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‘Grave concerns’ about bullying

Warnings over sexist and racist harassment in schools

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School is supposed to be a haven, a place of protection away from a fraught outside world where the Brexit debate and the #MeToo movement throw up countless examples of human beings behaving appallingly to one another.

But what if school corridors and classrooms were as rife with danger as anywhere else, and pupils could never feel at ease because of the constant threat of racism and harassment? And what if many teachers felt powerless to intervene – and might occasionally even be perpetrators themselves?

This is exactly what has been happening, MSPs exploring bullying in schools have been ...

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