Parents rally in support

Renee with Lachlan, who is being bullied at school.
Renee with Lachlan, who is being bullied at school.

However, she claims her six-year-old son came home with injuries caused by older children at school on three separate occasions.

Her mother Deb Taylor said it was horrible to hear about what was happening to her grandson.

She took to Facebook and spoke about the bullying of her grandson.

She said the responses and stories from other people were ‘heartbreaking’.

‘I was appalled at what happens at schools,’ she said.

‘There are some great mums out there who really want to stop bullying in schools.’

Ms Taylor started at Facebook group called No More Bullying ” WA and it seems that she has launched a grassroots movement.

Parents are already organising meetings at a local level and writing to politicians to initiate change.

‘What happens to these kids who bully is they go on restricted play,’ Renee said.

‘The bully’s parents are told and the school has set processes and they have to work within these parameters.

‘My boy has no other options available. This child is assaulting my son and to just call it bullying is not enough.’

Renee is worried about the long-term effects these incidents will have on her son and said she was already noticing changes in his behaviour.

Ms Taylor and her daughter would love to see the way schools deal with these incidents modified.

They suggest increased supervision in playgrounds, a no-tolerance policy to bullying, more education for parents of bullies and more communication between the school and parents.

The group held its first meeting last weekend. To join the group search No More Bullying -“WA on Facebook.

Acting executive director of Statewide Services Eirlys Ingram said all schools must have a behaviour management policy which included strategies to deal with bullying.

‘If a child feels they are being bullied, we strongly encourage parents to discuss the issue with the principal and the school first,’ she said.

‘With behaviour management plans in place, schools work hard to mediate between those involved and to stop the bullying.’

Ms Ingram said it was essential that parents supported their school and taught their children positive and respectful behaviours at home.

‘Schools need the support of parents and guardians in dealing with anti-social behaviour,’ Ms Ingram said.

‘Dealing with bullying starts at home, where positive behaviour messages should be reinforced.’