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Seeking a legal limit on bullies

The Law Reform Commission of the Cayman Islands is accepting public input on whether bullying in schools is a matter that should be addressed through new education policies or even new legislation.

A recently released LRC discussion paper outlines 31 different questions about possible actions designed to curtail bullying. The subject areas range from legal definitions to possible civil and criminal penalties and alternative education avenues for children removed from the classroom for inappropriate behavior.

Miles Ruby of the Family Resource Centre believes it is as important as ever to teach good conduct, especially now that technology allows people to abuse others at any time of day..

“When I was a child,” she said, “you could go home after school and get away, have some time to be with your family, your friends and escape that. But now it’s 24/7, on the internet and their smartphones.”

Ms. Miles says their anti-bullying programmes are geared not only toward helping victims but also checking on the welfare of students who bully because they might be bullied themselves at home or other places outside of school.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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