Schools need enforcement on bullying, not hollow policies
Amanda Todd’s suicide, as the end result of bullying, both saddens me and infuriates me.
About a year ago bullying received a lot of publicity in Burnaby, with the introduction of an anti-homophobia policy in schools. But teaching students about homosexuality will not stop bullying. Nevertheless, Burnaby adopted resolution 5.45 instead of making teachers enforce existing rules. Burnaby also elected an NDP school board, solidly behind resolution 5.45 and our teachers’ cop-out.
I wonder how well those are sleeping who still seem to believe the community can ask for yet another study, as advanced by NDP MP Dany Morin. We have all known for a long time what works with bullies: a no-tolerance rule enforced by teachers.
Meantime, I would like the Todd family to know how sorry I am for not having fought harder and, thus, being partly responsible for their tragic loss.
Ziggy Eckardt, Burnaby