Bullying

The Safe and Caring Schools Policy will not work unless government puts real resources into the hands of teachers and principals, said NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi).

The last week in February is Anti-Bullying Week in our schools and February 26 is Pink Shirt Day.

 

It’s just the first day of school and already the Education Minister is getting a failing grade. NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says if he had to fill out a report card for the minister, there would be a lot of “could make more effort” comments.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) is calling on Minister Jackman to provide an update on proposed changes to the Safe and Caring Schools Policy.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is withholding judgment on today’s Throne Speech until she sees what government actually does in the upcoming session.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) took time in the House of Assembly today to point out the particular need of students with disabilities for protection against bullying. Kirby asked the Minister of Education what specific plans he has to protect this group of students.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The Member for St. John’s North.

MR. KIRBY: Mr. Speaker, bullies exploit power imbalances and use physical strength, embarrassing information, popularity, and other means to control or harm others.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says it is time to move from words to action when it comes to bullying in the province's schools.

That statement comes as the province marks the end of the tenth Bullying Awareness Week. This year’s theme was “Stand up! (to bullying)” and Kirby feels the Minister of Education is uniquely positioned to do just that.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) is renewing his call for government to include anti-bullying measures in the province’s Schools Act. In May of this year, Kirby introduced a private member’s motion in the House of Assembly which would have done so.

 
NDP MHA Gerry Rogers

NDP MHA Gerry Rogers (St. John’s Centre), speaking at the Pride Week flag raising ceremony in St. John’s today, renewed her call for the province to amend the Human Rights Act to include protection against discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

 

Members of the NL NDP caucus have voted to support the anti-bullying motion introduced by Education critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North), despite government amendments which weaken its original intent.

 

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