Schools’ attitudes to bullying have greatly improved
Increasing numbers of schools are embracing positive behaviour policies and conflict resolution. Are the bully’s days numbered, asks Henry Hepburn
Bullying is not a phase nor a rite of passage, not something to be endured like a cold shower – a brief rush of unpleasantness before you step out unmarked on the other side. The effects of bullying can linger for decades; they can entirely distort a person’s self-perception. Even apparently more innocuous examples of bullying, forgotten by the perpetrators as quickly as they are inflicted, can do lasting damage – a casual moment of cruelty can be a thorn in the side that is never fully removed.
School, for so many pupils over the generations, has been less a cold shower, more a neverending ...