Ontario introduces new measures to fight school bullying

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Worried parents say it’s about time something is done about bullying. This week Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced new measures designed to deal with the issue that includes training teachers in de-escalation techniques.

Scarborough Centre MPP Christina Mitas has been tasked with discussing the issue with students, parents, teachers and other experts and then report back to him on strategies to fight bullying.

As well, the province will conduct a survey of students about bullying, review school reporting practices on violence, and review the definition of bullying in Education Ministry policies.

After his speech, some of the demonstrators briefly surrounded Lecce’s car as he tried to leave.

Lecce told reporters that one factor that propelled these new anti-bullying measures was the heart-wrenching death of Hamilton teen Devan Selvey, 14, who was stabbed in the back behind his high school on October 7.

The government also pointed out to its investment of $3.18 million in the 2019-20 fiscal year on programs, partnerships and services that help “to promote a positive school climate, support healthy relationships, build empathy and address bullying and cyberbullying.” -CINEWS

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