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Stop bullying in schools

13 Mar 2018 at 19:40hrs | Views
Bullying in schools is real, factual and can be tragic both academically and physically. Some students perform below expectations as a result of being  bullied, in majority of cases, the perpetrators are not academically gifted.

The vulnerable students are at times 'pushed to the wall' and end up committing suicide.

Unfortunately, school authorities and parents do not consider bullying a serious matter yet the scourge can prejudice many of their otherwise certain successful future. Recently, sixteen pupils are said to have been expelled from Marist Brothers Secondary School in Dete for making life unbearable for weaker students.

Students must be aware of their right to report cases of bullying that comes in different forms.

Sexual harassment, intimidation, threats and cyber-intimidation are all various facets of bullying. ZRP must visit all school and stress the need to guard against bullying.

Kudos to the school authorities at Marist Brothers Sec. Sch. in Dete who found it prudent to send away the 'apprentice terrorists'  who, with time, could have morphed into serious seasoned criminals. Without supervision, bad habits become behaviour, traits and finally character.

Even if it means 'stick behind', bullies must be chastised to nip the traits in the bud. Parents are sweating it out to pay school fees only for the youngsters to be haunted day and night. Stop it.

Source - Thomas Murisa, Harare
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