Sinn Féin to table anti-bullying legislation during private members’ time
January 20, 2013
Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has announced that his party will use its Private Members’ Time in the Dáil this week to table anti-bullying legislation which he published last month.
The legislation is designed to provide a legal footing to the existing guidelines that are used by schools when addressing incidents of bullying.
Speaking this morning Deputy O’Brien said;
“Bullying in schools is a serious and growing problem that greatly impacts on the mental well-being and physical health of pupils and teachers alike.
“It is a complex and difficult problem that can manifest itself in many different ways and inflict long lasting scars on its victims. At its worst, the physical and psychological damage to an individual can, as we have sadly seen in recent months, be a significant factor that leads to self-harm and/or death by suicide.
“We can no longer therefore, pay lip service to what is happening and we need to strengthen the laws so schools are better equipped to deal with this issue.
“That is why Sinn Féin is using its Private Members’ Time in the Dáil this week to move this legislation which, if enacted, will greatly strengthen the existing legislation and help schools better deal with the issue.”