A Kanata mother of a 10-year-old girl, who says her daughter was bullied to the point of severe mental and emotional trauma, has launched a $325,000 lawsuit against the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Krisha Stanton is also suing her daughter’s Grade 3 teacher and others from St. Isidore Catholic School for not acting strongly enough to stop it. The statement of claim alleges Jaclyn Stanton suffered at the hands of a girl who constantly called her names and assaulted her. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/ottsun/100215/canada/school_sued_for_325g_over_bullying
YOUNG BULILES AND OLD BULLIES HAVE BEEN A CANADIAN PROBLEM TOO FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS AND NOW THEY ARE STARTING TO TACKLE IT ONLY?
School staff now required by Ont. law to report bullying CBC.ca - As of Monday all school staff in Ontario are required to report serious student incidents such as bullying to the school principal.
McGuinty Government Making Schools Safer, More Positive Places To Learn
Ontario is the first province in Canada to require all school staff to report serious student incidents — including bullying — to the principal.
Principals are also required in these situations to contact parents of victims — another first in Canada.
The new reporting measures came into effect today. They are part of the Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act. The legislation makes schools safer and helps students achieve their full potential by:
- Addressing the reporting gap between principals, teachers and parents about all serious student incidents that must be considered for suspension or expulsion.
- Ensuring that parents are kept informed and principals are aware of serious incidents in the school so they can respond appropriately.
- Requiring school staff to respond to inappropriate, disrespectful behaviour among students as well as activities which can lead to suspension and expulsion.
The legislation builds on Ontario’s safe schools strategy and is part of a comprehensive response to the Safe Schools Action Team report.