Anti-bullying pilot plan
One-on-one counselling rather than the stints at the Edna Nicholls Centre or the Government Industrial School, Dodds, has been proposed as the better solution for children exhibiting bullying or interruptive behaviours.
According to chief executive officer of Supreme Counselling for Personal Development, Shawn Clarke, “you cannot take a group of persons exhibiting bullying behaviours and put them in that situation and call it group therapy”.
Clarke was speaking at the launch of the pilot of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Programme at the Savannah hotel yesterday.
Though he did not dismiss having punishment for wrongdoing, Clarke spoke of having the rehabilitative element rather than solely punitive approach. He also stated that suspensions were a quick fix, and did not look at the source, or change behaviour. (LK)