Bullying in Aotearoa school under scrutiny

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Excerpt from NewsHub

The impact of bullying is taking a toll on students’ physical and mental health, as NZ has worst teen suicide rate in the developed world. In multiple cases, students have attempted to take their lives on school grounds, unable to tolerate the abuse anymore.

According to UNICEF, one in two New Zealand children are bullied at least once a month. It’s one of the most common forms of violence experienced by children and can cause long-lasting harm to victims, bystanders and the bullies themselves.

In the 12 months ending August 208, Police responded to 39 incidents of bullying of children and young persons.

A new report into education shows New Zealand students have the second-highest rate of bullying in the OECD. The Pisa study shows more than a quarter of Kiwi students over the age of 15, report being bullied often every month.

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