Teachers Urged to Tackle Bullies; Surveys Show Problem Is Rife
Byline: Rebecca Lees
TEACHERS have been urged not to turn a blind eye to bullying at school.
Just a month after the death of Laura Kilibarda, who hanged herself amid claims she had been taunted at her Cardiff school, leading authority Delwyn Tattum wants school staff to ``listen, investigate and act'' on trouble in the classroom or playground.
Senior staff at Llanishen High School, where Laura was a pupil until her death at the family's Lisvane home in April, said they were left ``speechless'' at allegations of bullying following the tragedy.
But many parents and former pupils contacted the Echo claiming bullying was rife there.
Mr Tattum, co-director of the Countering Bullying Unit at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, was speaking at the National Education Conference and Exhibition for Wales in Cardiff yesterday.
He said: ``When we started our work, the message from large numbers of schools was, `We don't have bullying here'.
``I think it was a defensive reaction and they were also burying their heads in the sand. …