The recently released 2018 Attitudes to School report conducted by the Victorian Education Department report has revealed that government country schools are hotbeds for bullying with rural students more likely to experience bullying than their metropolitan counterparts.
The report reveals some of Ripon local government areas have the highest rates of bullying in schools in Victoria.
Almost 40 percent of grade five and six pupils in Loddon Shire were bullied, followed by almost 30 percent in Central Goldfields. For years seven to nine, 35 percent of Ararat’s students reported they had been bullied, the highest in the State.
Local Ripon MP, Louise Staley said the results were shocking and accused Labor of failing Ripon students.
“These results are completely unacceptable,”
“School should be a safe place for all students, it is absolutely disgraceful that Ripon students are not safe from bullying,”
“Labor have been in government for 16 of the past 20 years and what have they done to specifically address bullying in country government schools? Nothing.”
“Labor’s city centric Minister for Education, James Merlino needs a geography lesson – there are schools and students that live outside the tram zone and these students matter,”
“Minister Merlino needs to do more than wave pieces of policy paper around and say that he is working on it – he’s not – and this report shows that,”
“Bullying of any kind is totally unacceptable, the government, schools and community all need to work together to address it,”
“Ripon students have a right to go to school and feel safe.”