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Anti-bullying campaign launched

Wednesday, March 26 2014

Insisting bullying in the nation’s schools must stop, Public Administration Minister, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, together with the 12-year-old founder of the Anti-Bullying Association of TT, Jeromy Rodriguez, yesterday launched an anti-bullying campaign aimed at “restoring sanity” in the nation’s schools.

Speaking at the official launch at her San Fernando West constituency office, corner Keate and Harris streets, San Fernando, Seepersad-Bachan said “no school and no child” were safe from the “scourge of bullying, a phenomenon that has been with us from ancient times, but which has been made much worse by the increased availability and use of social media.”

“It is no longer one boy or one girl being terrorised or ostracising another, or a gang of kids making life miserable for others.

“What we see are various manifestations of the problem of bullying — cyber bullying, office bullying, peer bullying and even bullying by parents,” she said, adding, “the effects of this horrendous act on our young citizens are detrimental to the personal growth and well-being of our children and poisons what should be a constructive and positive school environment to one that is destructive and negative.”

“Now, with the help and support of the Anti-bullying Association of Trinidad and Tobago, led by young Jeromy who has demonstrated high levels of leadership, we are now embarking on a crusade to restore sanity to our schools, to protect our children who most need our help, and to redirect them to pathways of progress instead of avenues of aggression and alienation,’ she added.

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