Letter- The truth will prevail

Following on from our front page story (25 July 2017) encouraging those to speak out about bullying and suicide, we have received a staggering amount of feedback from our readers. Here is just a what a few of you have had to say about a topic that clearly needs addressing in our community. I read with interest your article re: […]

Why do they bully?

Geoff Smith, operations manager of Budgeting & Family Support Services Tuakau, and Chair of the Franklin Community of Social Services, shares his view on the reasons why children bully others. A common reason that a child is a bully is because he or she lacks attention from a parent at home and lashes out at others for attention. The thought that a darling child could bully another child […]

Pukekohe woman calling for change

A Pukekohe woman is asking the Ministry of Social Development to end bullying in schools and adopt a programme borne in Finland that educates bystanders to step up. After asking a Pukekohe Principal and the Ministry of Education to step up and stop bullying in her school for the past year, and it falling on deaf ears, recent events have pushed Ms Swanwick to demand change. “Instead of protecting […]

Unfair and irresponsible

In The Post article last week titled ‘When will the bullying stop?’ criticism has been laid about the article and the way it portrays all headmasters as doing nothing. A number of people contacted the Post Newspaper and applauded the fact that we were highlighting a real issue that is hurting both children and their parents. However, several of our readers felt what we had printed was unfair, […]

When will the bullying stop?

A local primary school student who is under the age of ten, has attempted to take their own life as a result of bullying that is occuring in school. At what point are we going to take a stand and accept responsibility for doing nothing to protect young, vulnerable children? These are children who are being bullied by other children, […]

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