Province rolls out new anti-bullying strategy
Manitoba Education Minister Nancy Allan speaks about the anti-bullying strategy on Dec. 4, 2012 in Winnipeg.
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2012 3:57PM CST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 4, 2012 4:26PM CST
The province is introducing a new anti-bullying action plan, which goes far beyond the classroom.
The plan aims to protect students from bullying on the street, in schools and on the Internet.
The plan includes help for teachers including expanded training supports, workshops and other professional learning opportunities, as well as ongoing support for the Respect in School initiative.
Education Minister Nancy Allan announced the new strategy to students at Collège Garden City on Dec. 4, 2012
Allan said the province is also moving forward with strong legislation to further support students, broaden reporting of bullying and respect diversity.
Allan says the bill is partly in response to the death of Amanda Todd, a British Columbia girl who committed suicide in October after being tormented through social media.
The new legislation also addresses the role of social media.
"New legislation will also address the role of social media in bullying and allow student-supported initiatives at schools aimed at promoting an inclusive environment such as clubs and activities that promote gender equity and respect for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, antiracism and respect for people who are disabled by barriers," said Allan.
The education minister will also be meeting with students, schools, teachers and parents across Manitoba in the months ahead to talk about bullying-prevention measures.
The proposed law would also require school boards to ensure their policies about student Internet use include anti-bullying measures.
As well, the bill would require every school board in the province to accommodate students who want to set up groups that promote equality for people based on gender, race or sexual orientation.
- with files from the Canadian Press