Letters

Bullying in schools

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6986.1065d (Published 22 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1065

A more aggressive preventive strategy is required

  1. Vidya Rao
  1. Lecturer in community child health Department of Child Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nottingham, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH

    EDITOR,—Judith Dawkins's editorial reminds us of the entirely preventable morbidity of bullying.1 In Britain the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children got its charter in 1889, 67 years after legislation was enacted to protect animals. It has taken another 100 years to recognise bullying as another form of child abuse. For doctors and others working with children to make an impact on bullying, however, Dawkins's suggestions do not go far enough.

    To suggest, for instance, that victims should “be advised of simple …

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