Violent and toxic relations in our communities have been reported of leaking into our WA schools, as the number of student suspensions continues to rise.
In the first four weeks of the school year, almost 1000 students have been suspended from WA public schools for physical aggression, a 15 per cent increase compared to last years figures.
According to statistics from Bullying No Way!, one in four Australian students in Years 4 to 9 have reported being bullied every few weeks or more often, and about one in five young school students reported experiencing online bullying in any one year.
“I’m not sure that we’ll see a decrease in bullying unfortunately, what happens in our community is reflected in our young people and schools,” said Ms Ellery.
On the National Day of action against bullying and violence, Sue Ellery, Education Minister, has launched a range of resources to combat rising bullying and violence rates in schools.
“Helping students know when they can stand up against bullying, how to do it, and how to get help is really important,” she said.
However, students are concerned that its becoming a bigger issue as each year passes, with not enough punishments being enforced.
Ms Ellery acknowledged the students’ growing concern and assures there is a lot of work being done on this issue.
““I feel like they don’t take it seriously enough.. We have lots of talks like don’t bully, obviously it’s bad, but really if someone does need help they kind of just over look it,” said one high school student.
“We need to put a stop to bullying so we can keep progressing forward,” they said.
Samantha Rowe MLC said it’s important for schools, parents and the community to work together to stop bullying behaviour in schools.
“If we focus on bullying and creating change, we can create safer communities for everyone,” she commented.