Saturday, 28 September 2013 02:08

New Policy To Stop Bullying In Irish Schools

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A new policy aiming at fighting against anti-gay and anti-trans bullying in Irish primary and post-primary schools was launched by Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn.

This policy asks schools to set up procedures to fight bullying from an educational and preventive point of view. In Ireland, there would be 50% of students victims of homophobic or transphobic bullying.

Michael Barron, director of BeLonG, an Irish organisation which provides safe and fun services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered young people, aged between 14 and 23, said: "The fact that the Department of Education and Skills now requires – on a mandatory footing – all schools, both primary and post primary, to address homophobic and transphobic bullying and to develop education strategies to ensure that LGBT young people are welcomed and supported in every school is a major breakthrough.

"Every class in every school in Ireland has LGBT students. Many schools are already working to create a climate that is safe and supportive for these students. Many other schools, however, are not working to support LGBT young people and these procedures provide much needed support and direction for those schools."