Published On: Fri, Apr 22nd, 2016

Bullying has taken unacceptable forms

SchoolWILLEMSTAD - Bullying in schools here in Curaçao have taken unacceptable forms. There is strong evidence in each case, according to a research done by Odette Brummen-Girigorie of the University of Curaçao (UoC).

This research was done in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport and the Department of Public Schools. This research is to identify the extent to which students are bullied. As example the UoC used the experience of a five year old student who was peed on by another student.

Brummen-Girigorie also indicated that there are signs that a significant number of students are being derided, ridiculed and / or excluded on a structural basis. Moreover there are more and more students victim of social media. They receive hate mail and hostile WhatsApp messages and are ridiculed on Facebook.

More than 200 students were interviewed about bullying. Through these initial findings, the research will now probably be expanded to more students. The researchers will also interview students attending secondary schools.

The findings should lead to a more indebt research on how to put a stop to bullying in schools.

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