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To stop school bullies, teachers and classmates must stand guard

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 April, 2018, 11:02am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 April, 2018, 11:02am

I am writing in response to the letter from Eunice Li (“Bullying at school leaves lasting scars”, April 1).

I agree that bullying scars victims both physically and psychologically. Bullying may involve physically hitting the victim, negatively framing the victim or making hurtful comments and online trolling.

Bullying problems at school have existed for a long time, and it is sad that we still hear about it being so common.

In my opinion, as bullying mainly takes place at school, efforts should be made by school authorities to protect pupils. Teachers should keep an eye on pupils to protect potential victims. Some children may act as model pupils during class and pretend that they would not bully anyone, but they might do so after school hours.

Besides, fellow pupils also have the responsibility of helping those being bullied.

Some pupils know that their classmates are victims but, while they do not participate in the bullying, they do not report it to the teachers either, as they think that it is none of their business. If students notice any bullying at school, they must report it to the teachers and help to stop the bullies.

Louis Fung, Sau Mau Ping