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The Consequence of School Bullying
Fatma ELÇİ
High School
School bullying
This case happened in 2013-2014 Educational Term. The case happened in Girls’ Vocational School.
The people who took part in that case a 16 year old high school student, classmates, family, and class teacher. The teacher who saw her crying called her and asked her the reason why she was crying. Although the girl student didn’t want to talk about it at the first glance, the teacher tried to gain her trust by telling her she should trust him and what she said would be a secret. The girl student described the bullying she went through at school. She told him there were some bad friends of hers who were jealous of her and criticized her so much. She added that they always looked down on her behaviours and what she wore. She expressed that when some of her friends told her she was beautiful and wore nice clothes, some bad friends of hers used to humiliate her. She said that during the breaks, some of her friends pushed her, but they said they did not do it on purpose. Later, she discovered that some of her close friends became distant from her. They started not to talk to her and to leave her alone when they went near to her. She started to feel unhappy and even to cry when she went to her house. When her parents asked the reason of this salient situation, she kept silence because of fear, and she decided to drop out of school.
The teacher who realized it learned by talking to her friends that they calumniated so as to cast her out and ostracize her. By talking to other girl friends of hers, he explained what they did was wrong in a well-mannered way at length. Later on, the teacher watched their treatments towards their friend for a while. After a short time, all the behaviours of students got better and the problems for the girl student died out, and she went on school.

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Date: 2014.05.30

Posted by Gabriela Adomnica (Romania)

Message: Fortunately, this case was yet another illustration of how important communication and empathy are for building an effective school environment. It is worrying that the parents didn't find a way to communicate with their own child, but it is a relief that there are such teachers that are both sensitive and eager to find a way to help their pupils to become better persons.

Date: 2014.05.30

Posted by Ana Raquel Ribeiro (Portugal)

Message: Bullying constitutes a social problem nowadays, the first signs of which not only parents and teachers should pay attention, but also the whole society. The school is a space for education, where young people and children learn, and it is also a space where interpersonal relationships are created. These should have a positive impact on the development of the human being. This does not happen to all pupils who go to school. There are some children and youngsters who live forlorn and isolated lives, who experience feelings of maladaptation, shame and guilt. They may become victims of bullying and therefore it is very important to detect these situations. Some kinds of play may seem harmless though they constitute physical, verbal or psychological aggressive behaviour. One way to diminish violence is to educate the aggressors, to show them they are bullying others, and to show them how their actions may affect the lives of others by scarring them emotionally or physically. Violent behaviour is rising in schools and it is still hard to recognize signs of bullying and to know how to deal with it. For the victims, it is important that they report the situation to teachers or to head teachers, as well as to parents. I believe that if teachers, staff and parents act as a team, bullying can be overcome. It is essential for teachers to learn to identify what are bullying situations, so that adequate action can be taken. It is important to keep permanently alert. Parents should similarly be attentive to their children’s behaviours, talk to them more and take an interest in their daily routines.

Date: 2014.05.29

Posted by Georgia Lazari (Greece)

Message: The school, teachers need to perceive or intuitively to the tumor and poisoned relations between the students. They seek solutions to both ends of the spectrum of this strange behavior of students.
To the side of the bullies should take note of where it can lead to the victim manifested marginalization, to point out that in another case may "comfortable" to find them on the side opposite side and highlight how altered the gentle aspect of our character when manifest unnecessarily even hostility toward others.
To the side of the victim must detect its facilitation, with the main objective to mitigate the effects of the brutality of marginalization and shut down as soon as possible mental expense.

20 December 2014

Final Partners’ meeting

The fourth partners’ meeting took place in Florence (IT) on 15 December 2014. The meeting had the objective to check the activities carried out since the third meeting of the project and share and assess the in progress results. A special focus has been dedicated to the presentation of the strategies to solve the case scenarios.