What is Bullying?
Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.
Bullying can be:
- Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures).
- Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence.
- Racist – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures.
- Sexual – unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments.
- Homophobic – because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality.
- Verbal – name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing.
Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect.
As a language school we have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.
Should any student become aware of bullying behaviour they should report it to member of LAL staff immediately. Should any member of staff become aware of bullying behaviour, they should report it to a member of the Welfare Department immediately.