Bullying has been a hot topic in the Mudgee region lately, after a student at Mudgee High School was arrested for an alleged attack on school grounds.
On May 10, the 14 year old was initially refused bail following an alleged assault of another student.
Since reporting that incident, the Mudgee Guardian has been contacted by-a-number of former students from the region, claiming more needs to be done to tackle bullying.
The Pikas method approach is based on a ‘no blame’ system or method of shared concern. Once it is established that bullying has taken place, no blame is given to the parties involved. It affirms that the behaviour is wrong and the responsibility of the person showing bullying behaviour is then to improve the victim's life at school. Within a short time, by putting the bully in the position of exerting positive power, the issue is resolved.
POLL – IS BULLYING A MAJOR ISSUE IN THE MUDGEE REGION?
The results were clear on the Mudgee Guardian website poll, with the majority of voters selecting ‘yes’.
Of the 209 votes (on Thursday, June 15), 63.11% (134) voted ‘yes’, 30.62% (64) voted ‘It's a problem everywhere, not just in our region’, 3.83% (8) voted ‘no’, and 1.44% (3) selected ‘other’.
Commentators on the Mudgee Guardian Facebook post told of their experiences: “Sure is, my boys had never experienced bullying like it until we moved to Mudgee.”
Others made suggestions including “more needs to be done at home”.