Written by Rosslyn Noonan and published in the Herald on 14th April 2011
Rosslyn Noonan is the Chief Commissioner, Human Rights Commission
Prime Minister John Key has called for a "national conversation" on how to reduce bullying in our schools. Political leadership is welcome on an issue that is complex and too often dismissed as unimportant and, at any rate, insoluble. A generation of students who live online as much as in real life have not hesitated to post scratchy recordings of vicious assaults. Each clip becomes a reminder that something has gone terribly wrong in the lives of both victim and bully.
Many parents of children who have been bullied feel powerless, often begged by their children not to raise it with the school because of their fear that it will just make things worse for them. But bullying, harassment and assaults cannot be ignored - they are human rights abuses.