Friday dilemma: can school bullies grow out of it?
ClubsNSW is set to introduce a fresh new effort to combat schoolyard intimidation, insisting on a principal’s reference for young job seekers so they can rule out those who had been involved in bullying. It’s a bold step, which ClubsNSW chief executive Anthony Ball says could be a deterrent for any young person worried about their future job prospects.
“If students have engaged in serious bullying, cyber stalking or threatening behaviour clubs will not hesitate to reject their job application,” Ball said.
Students who own up to and show remorse for their schooldays’ behaviour may be given an exemption. The thing is, some of the nicest adults you’ll meet will admit after a few wines to having indulged in some pretty nasty bullying at school. One woman I know, who is a selfless, generous, intelligent adult, didn’t attend her first school reunion because she was worried about what reception she would get from some of the people she socially tormented at school.
So today’s question - once a bully always a bully? How long should you pay for your teenage bad deeds?
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