A School Bullying Policy
Wherever possible we will use the “No Blame” Approach
Step one: Interview the victim and explain what will happen. Ask for
a poem/writing/picture that can explain their feelings; This should
be within a day, if possible. Ask for names of supportive friends.
Step two: Convene a meeting of the Helpful group the next day. This
should be 6-8 people, including the bully/bullies and supportive
friends but NOT the victim.
Step three: At the meeting state that you have a problem to sort out
and that no-one is going to be punished. Explain how the victim
feels; share their poem/writing/picture.
Step four: At the meeting ask what we can do to help. Don’t go over
the past; discuss the future. Ask individuals for ways they can
Step five: Leave it up to them. Emphasise that they are all really
helpful and you are sure it will work.
Step six: Meet individuals informally to find out how it’s going.
This is a school bullying policy, according to an email list it was posted on. I’m sure you’ll agree that is is quite brilliant 🙄 I really hoped it wasn’t true, but i googled, and found it. Whatever the ins and outs of bullying, whether you think it is grossly and utterly unacceptable (which i do) or whether you think that some people bring it on themselves, which perhaps some people might, I really find it hard to believe that any school thinks getting someone to write a poem about their feelings for a bully to look at is going to help.
This makes me enormously angry.