Ignorance is bliss - for the bullies
We cannot "just ignore" a problem about which Childline Scotland receives some 6,000 calls a year. Schools do face pressures to avoid being regarded as places with bullying problems and there is also an enormous fear of litigation. But parents are not always intent on being trigger-happy in the legal sense; they simply want the problem dealt with. Yet, schools do not always deal. We should therefore welcome the fact that the parental involvement bill, whatever conflicting views there may be about it, does demand that schools must have an effective complaints system.