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Bullying expert says proposed legislation isn't the answer

2011-12-05

 Queen’s University psychology professor Wendy Craig, one of the country’s leading experts on child bullying, is available to comment Ontario’s proposed law to expel bullies from school.

Dr. Craig feels this tough on bullying law won’t solve the problem of bullying.

 “Our solutions need to focus on developing relationships skills and social understanding.  When a child has a problem in math, we do not throw them out of math class – we give them extra support to help them learn how to acquire the math skills,” says Dr. Craig.  “We need to do the same to address bullying.  Children who bully need extra support to develop the relationship skills and capacity – children who are victimized also need extra support, education and counselling.”

The new legislation was introduced today by Premier Dalton McGuinty .

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