Say NO to bullying

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More than half the number of students with disability experienced bullying over a 12-month period, according to a national survey undertaken by Children and Young People with Disability Australia.

The survey revealed students experienced a range of bullying including being punched, kicked, headbutted, cyberbullied, spat on and having food or rocks thrown at them. Some had been told to take their own lives.

The chief executive of Children and Young People with Disability Australia, Stephanie Gotlib, said the bullying could have ongoing negative impacts on the targeted students.

“This terrible bullying is really appalling, often involving physical assaults, threats, taunting, telling kids to commit suicide — really, really appalling stuff — that has very damaging psychological effects on the kids.”

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Many of us exhibit behaviours and values that we picked up from our peers and families. Children who bully other children because they have a disability will grow up to bully and teach their children to bully unless there is an intervention.

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