Bullied kids’ parents left in dark, says watchdog

NZ Herald Apr 14, 2011

Schools do not have to tell parents if their child has been a victim of bullying – something the Human Rights Commission wants changed. Chief Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan has criticised the idea that Ministry of Education guidelines indicate schools are not required to pass such information on to parents. But a school is required to notify the parents of the bullies. In an article by Ms Noonan in today’s Herald, she says the commission has received many complaints from parents of bullying victims. In several cases parents said the situation was even more disheartening given that their child’s school had failed to let them know of the situation. “The commission’s analysis of school bullying revealed a fundamental gap in natural justice,” she said.
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