Sunday 05/02/2017 14:32
Category: America

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Trump the bully

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In our schools we teach young people that bullying is unacceptable. Because it is.

When the president of the United States bullies minorities and those around him we must make clear that this is not acceptable. We expect the leader of the United States to act as a positive role model, not an example of the behaviours we condemn.

Here's an example of what we teach young people in UK schools:

Bullying is an insidious social problem. It can affect everyone. It is the responsibility of the whole community to tackle bullying by ensuring the development of a caring and supportive ethos in which it is clear that any form of bullying will not be tolerated. Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. Bullying can take many forms (for instance, physical, verbal, emotional, racist, sexual, cyber-bullying via text messages or the internet), and is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups, for example on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation. It might be motivated by actual differences, or perceived differences.

When people are bullied, their lives are made miserable. They may suffer injury. They may be unhappy. Over time, they are likely to lose self-confidence and self-esteem. Some may blame themselves for ‘inviting’ the bullying behaviour.

We will not tolerate any form of bullying. We undertake to work positively with everyone to prevent instances bullying wherever possible, and will take appropriate action on all occasions where bullying does occur.

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