Victims should have say in punishment of school bullies, says MPs’ report

UK Evening Standard 18 June 07
Victims of bullying will help decide how the perpetrators are punished under new guidance being drafted by the Government, it has emerged. It will say pupils should be given a say in the sanctions faced by classroom bullies – for example litter-picking or school clean-ups. The move will mean victims of bullying get a hand in devising punishments for their tormentors, as well as the culprit’s classmates.Schools will also be urged to provide “safe rooms” and “quiet play” areas in playgrounds where bullied pupils can seek refuge during break times. But schools will be within their rights to expel pupils who fight back against bullies, guidance being published next month will say.