Bullying in school

REPORTS of bullying have surfaced from a secondary school on Vanua Levu and police have been alerted.

Although no formal reports have been lodged, it is understood that concerned parents have informed police about incidents of bullying believed to have been happening since last year.

Police spokesperson Inspector Jokatama Qio confirmed police were informed about bullying incidents at the particular school.

“The students have been identified and police had spoken to the school principal and those involved in bullying have been counselled,” he said.

“This is where the community policing program comes in so we have set up a program in which students are counselled.

“Basically, the students will be told of why they should not bully and what can happen to them if they continue bullying.”

Inspector Qio said the counselling program was aimed at educating students about respecting one another and to prevent bullying at the school.

He said the program had been received well by the school and students.

Bullying has become an issue of concern with reports of bullying incidents highlighted in the media.

Parents of prominent boarding schools where bullying has occurred have also called for an end to bullying.