In a recent report an Auckland school has paid $9,000 to the parents of a girl bullied at the school.  The school has also admitted that the school failed the child.

The payout follows a 3½ year battle which included the parents taking a claim to the Human Rights Commission.

The bullying allegedly included the girl (then aged 8) being punched, poked, kicked and threatened with an axe.

Schools have a responsibility to be safe places for their pupils (and staff) and need to act quickly and appropriately by investigating fully allegations of bullying and putting in place all reasonable measures to stop it from occurring.

If you need assistance developing policies and guidelines for dealing with inappropriate student (or staff) behaviour give me a call on (04) 473 6850.