Bronx Councilmen Push For Hotline To Battle Bullying

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The town must launch a brand new anti-bullying hotline to assist youngsters affected by friends beneath a invoice set to be launched within the Metropolis Council.

Bronx Councilmen Ritchie Torres and Rafael Salamanca will introduce the laws Wednesday, after a pupil was stabbed to loss of life on the City Meeting College for Wildlife Conservation by a classmate who stated he was persistently bullied. One other pupil was stabbed however survived.

“The stabbing of the 2 college students is an excessive instance of what occurs when bullying both goes unnoticed or is allowed to escalate. The results will be lethal,” stated Torres (D-Bronx).

The brand new cellphone line, which might be run by the Division of Youth and Neighborhood Improvement, would supply counseling to bullied teenagers and referrals to mediation and different companies.

It could additionally accumulate complaints anonymously that might be handed on to high school officers, in case the child is simply too scared to make a criticism immediately.

“If you’re a sufferer of bullying, the disgrace and stigma would possibly forestall you from in search of assist from college authorities,” Torres stated.

A DYCD spokesman stated they’d evaluation the invoice.

Individually, the Division of Training has introduced plans for a brand new on-line bullying criticism portal, set to launch in 2019, to let college students and fogeys lodge complaints about bullying and obtain details about the result of their case.

 
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