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Bullying of disabled children totally unacceptable

13 November, 2007


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Disability, Mid Ulster MLA Michelle O'Neill has said she is appalled at the findings of a study by the mental health charity, Mencap which reported that children with physical or learning disabilities faced repeated taunts and violence in school, parks and on transport.

Ms O'Neill said:

"I am appalled at the findings in a new report by Mencap on 'disablist' bullying. It should be a wake up call for everyone concerned about equality and human rights. The bullying of children with physical or learning disabilities should be seen as no different as other types of bullying, racist or homophobic attacks and should be met with revulsion in our communities.

"We need to be highlighting that this short of bullying is taking place and that is totally unacceptable. We need to get that message out into our schools, youth clubs, workplaces and society in general.

"Its crucial that guidance is given on how to eradicate this bullying from our society and set in place policies, funding and training to prevent it happening .We must give as much support possible to the children who are victims of bullying and their parents

"No child with physical or learning disabilities should have to face repeated taunts and violence in our schools, parks or on public transport.

"No child with physical or learning disabilities should feel alone, cut of from society or feeling they cannot seek help when it's needed. The perpetrators of these actions need to know that this type pf behaviour will not and should not be tolerated in today's society." ENDS

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