Bullying, discrimination and harassment exist and have always existed at all schools. This is a fact few people ignore but, at the same time, we often hear in society that “you have to be able to take a few knocks” at school. Sometimes, the level of tolerance is so high that there’s barely a reaction when someone shouts a derogatory comment across the corridor. Pushes and shoves are everyday occurrences, not to mention how “easy” it is to openly isolate someone. Pupils harass other pupils, teachers harass pupils, pupils harass teachers.
Nobody should have to put up with this in their work environment! Schools are workplaces for both teachers and pupils, and everyone has the right to feel comfortable and thrive in their workplace. Another problem with the increased level of tolerance of these behaviours and “everyday harassment” is that it also makes it even harder to really know when someone is victimised.