Stop the bullying

No child should ever have to go to school in fear.

Dear editor,

I must comment on the letter written by the anonymous mother who has concerns about her son’s safety and the appropriate disciplinary action against the bullies that are harassing him.

It is disheartening to see that the same tactics used over 30 years ago are still in play. The staff, and even the RCMP, are still playing the same games of “blame the victim” instead of making sure that the bullying stops.

This is, as the mother herself stated, an “Epic Fail.”

If this was a workplace instead of a school, the student, or rather

employee, would be able to go to a supervisor and request that it

stop, immediately. If the supervisory chain of command did not do

anything, they could then move to human resources and file a complaint there about the hostile work environment. If that did not stop it, then Worksafe BC could be accessed, as well as the RCMP. We take such behaviour seriously in the adult work environment, why is this not the same in our children’s schools?

What is happening to this child, and others, is nothing less than pure and simple assault and should be treated as such. Threats of physical harm and sexual harassment should be taken seriously and immediate action taken on part by the principal of the school when an incident is brought forward, especially when the issue

is as long standing as this one has been.

Victims of this sort of assault are often terrified to bring up any of the incidents, for the simple expressed fear that by doing so, they will make the situation worse.

Re-educating the victim on how to find new friends is not where we

should be focusing our efforts to stop and curtail bullying. We

should be focusing on stopping the aggressor, even if that means

bringing up criminal charges.

The victims should be offered counselling if they so choose to take it. If bullying continues even if the victim has come forward, it simply proves that the bully was right — nothing will be done to stop them no matter what is done.

No adult would willingly work in such a hostile environment. Nor

would an adult be expected to put up with such a hostile environment, so why do we expect our kids to?

No child should ever have to go to school in fear.

Yolanda Goodwin,

Cumberland

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An RCMP cruiser looks on as a military search and rescue helicopter winds down near Bridesville, B.C. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Photo courtesy of RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey
Boundary Mountie and suspect airlifted from ravine after foot chase

Military aircraft were dispatched from Comox, B.C., say RCMP

The process of integrating Union Bay services into the regional district can now begin. Record file photo
Union Bay transfer to region targeted for July 2021

Three services will be rolled into Comox Valley Regional District

Mike Aldersey, the Port McNeill base manager for West Coast Helicopters has been awarded the prestigious Agar/Stringer Award by the Helicopter Association of Canada. (Submitted photo)
Vancouver Island pilot receives coveted helicopter industry award

Port McNeill based Mike Aldersey is the recipient of the 2o2o Agar/Stringer Award given out to select few Canadians

12-year-old Ella Smiley captured some video of orcas on a sea lion hunt on Nov. 28 at Kitty Coleman Park, just north of Courtenay. Photo by Ella Smiley
VIDEO: Orcas hunt sea lion near Kitty Coleman Park

Twelve-year-old Ella Smiley, of Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings, caught up with a… Continue reading

The School District 71 DPAC hosted an online forum for candidates hoping to fill a vacant board of education position. Screenshot, SD71 DPAC Facebook page
Six make their pitch to fill empty school board seat in Comox Valley

District’s parents advisory council hosted the online forum for Area C candidates

A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection count climbs back up to 656

20 more people in hospital, active cases still rising

Letter to the editor.
LETTER – Horgan’s election promise of COVID relief cash is money foolishly spent

Dear editor, Would you dip into your child’s registered education fund to… Continue reading

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A logo for Netflix on a remote control is seen in Portland, Ore.,Aug. 13, 2020. Experts in taxation and media say a plan announced Monday by the government will ultimately add to the cost of digital services and goods sold by foreign companies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane
‘Netflix tax’ for digital media likely to raise prices for consumers, experts say

The government says Canadian companies already collect those taxes when they make digital sales

BIG SALMON ranch in Washington State. (Center for Whale Research handout)
Non-profit buys Chinook ranch in hopes of increasing feed for southern resident killer whales

The ranch, which borders both sides of Washington State’s Elwha River, is a hotspot for chinook salmon

Gaming content was big on YouTube in 2020. (Black Press Media files)
What did Canadians watch on Youtube during isolation? Workouts, bird feeders

Whether it was getting fit or ‘speaking moistly,’ Canadians had time to spare this year

(Needpix.com)
Fraudsters projected to use pet scams to gouge over $3M from customers: BBB

The pandemic heavily contributed to the number of puppy scams

A teacher places the finishing touches on the welcome sign at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School which is part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Sept. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Hindsight 2020: How do you preserve a year many Canadians would rather forget?

Figuring out how to preserve the story of the pandemic poses a series of challenges

Haley Callison. (Facebook photo)
Former B.C. pro hockey player frustrated with COVID-deniers after horrific bout with virus

Haleigh Callison hopes people will follow precautions and tone down the rhetoric

Most Read