‘Pack’ girls in school bullying

The Press 07 June 2008

Violent assaults among secondary school students appear to be increasing, and girls are adopting a similar “pack mentality” to boy bullies, says the Children’s Commissioner. Cindy Kiro said yesterday that her office was seeing an escalating pattern of bullying, intimidation and peer harassment in schools, much of which went unreported. ….Kiro said it appeared young women were “acting in a way in which we only expected boys to act before, and increasingly with a pack mentality”.

She said bullying had become a persistent problem that young people rated as one of their top concerns. As many as 75 per cent of schoolchildren reported incidents of bullying at school, although only about 10% of cases were categorised as serious bullying.