This policy applies to all school employees, students, visitors and any persons on school premises.
Definition of Bullying:
Bullying is repeated aggression – verbal, psychological or physical – conducted by an individual or group against another or others.
When this behaviour is systematic and ongoing, it is bullying.
Types of Bullying:
It includes pushing, shoving, tripping, punching, kicking, poking. It may also take the form of physical assault. This may occur between student to student and/or teacher to student.
Damage to Property
Personal property can be the focus of attention for the bully. This may result in damage to clothing, school books, interference with a students’ school locker or bicycle, car. Items can be defaced, broken, stolen or hidden.
Demands for money or goods of any nature i.e. pens, sweets etc. can be made, often accompanied by threats (sometimes carried out) in the event of the victim not promptly, paying up. Victims’ lunches, lunch money may be taken. Victims may also be forced into theft for delivery to the bully. Sometimes this tactic is used with the sole purpose of incriminating the victim.
This is based on the use of very aggressive or subtle body language with the voice being used as a weapon. Coercion is forcing somebody to do something through intimidation.
Abusive Telephone Calls/Text Messages/E-mails
All of these are a form of verbal intimidation.
The anonymous phone call is very prevalent, (where teachers are victims of bullying) from student to student, student to teachers and teacher to teacher.
A certain person is deliberately isolated, excluded or ignored by some or all of the class. It may be accompanied by writing insults about the victim on the blackboard or in public places, by passing notes about or drawings of the victim or by whispering insults about them loud enough to be heard.
Persistent name calling/graffiti at the same individual(s) which hurts, insults or humiliates, should be regarded as a form of bullying behaviour. Name calling may refer to physical appearance: big ears.
Accent or distinctive voice characteristics may attract negative attention.
Academic ability may also attract attention. Students are referred to as dummies, dopes if they are weak academically. Those who are perceived as high achievers are seen as swots, licks. This may happen in student to student relationships, student to teacher, teacher to student and teacher to teacher.
This may extend to very personal remarks repeated again and again, against one person, about race, religion, home, family, appearance, clothing and personal hygiene. It may take the form of suggestive remarks about a pupil’s sexual orientation. An atmosphere of acceptance must prevail regardless of sexual orientation.
Bullying of School Personnel
This means bullying of school personnel by means of physical assault, damage to property, verbal abuse, threats to peoples families.
The aim of the education programme is to develop a school ethos that prevents bullying, by ensuring that all adults and students in St. Declan’s Community College realise that they have a responsibility for the safety and welfare of others.
Class discussion, guest speakers, staff training, parent information evenings (use of mentors)
- Junior Cycle
- Senior Cycle
Staff Training and Support Issues
All staff will have access to a basic level of information, code of behaviour, anti-bullying policy and a background reading place on bullying.
Parents will be provided with Code of Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy when child enrols in St. Declan’s Community College.
School Policy for dealing with bullying related incidents
All forms of bullying are unacceptable in St. Declan’s Community College. It is the policy of the school to respond in a firm but fair manner, should any occur. Any incident will be dealt with in a sensitive manner.
Reporting and Recording Incidents
Incidents of bullying should be reported by students to a teacher. The appropriate Class Master, Year Head, Counsellor, Principal should be informed. The sanctions imposed are appropriate to the seriousness of the incident.
Counselling is available for those involved in bullying.
This policy applies to all students, staff and other users of school policy.
Suggestions put forward by staff:
- Mentoring system put in place – mentors chosen and given training in 5th Year
- Regular staff days relating to bullying (1 in every 3.5 years)
- Bullying should be covered in 1st year in S.P.H.E. classes
- Students to be given a handout/booklet (including a report sheet) explaining types of bullying. This report may be filled out when reporting a bullying incident.