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$36,000 Paid Out for ‘Bullying’

This figure involves seven applications, out of the 28, that the commission had paid out.
08 Apr 2021 12:20
$36,000 Paid Out for ‘Bullying’

Since January 1, 2021, a total of $36,000 has been paid out for injuries as a result of assault on pupils in schools, the Accident Compensation Commission Fiji has revealed.

This figure involves seven applications, out of the 28, that the commission had paid out.

The 28 applications, for serious injuries, totalled $181,500.

Since January 1, 2019, ACCF has received 384 notifications and 168 applications for school accidents resulting in injuries.

Irrespective of where the bullying was taking place, including schools and workplaces, ACCF chief executive officer Parvez Akbar said all forms of bullying, including physical, verbal and cyber bullying, must be addressed.

“The consequences need to be proportionate to the circumstances and can include a combination of disciplinary action and skills development,” the CEO said.

Mr Akbar suggested that schools develop and implement robust bullying prevention and response policies.

“Research suggests that bullying should be viewed as a socio-ecological phenomenon and not just an interpersonal interaction between the bully and the target,” he said.

“The psychological impacts of bullying on both the victim and the bully can last a lifetime so it is important to place emphasis on education and awareness to prevent bullying from occurring in the first place.”
EXAMPLES OF SCHOOL ASSAULTS REPORTED:

  • Pupil lost his teeth after being punched by another pupil.
  • Pupil was punched by his classmate when he confronted him for taking his stationary.
  • Pupil was punched by his classmate after passing a remark in the classroom.
  • Pupil was intentionally tackled by another student.
  • Pupil wanted to wash his hands, but another pupil blocked his ways and punched his stomach.
  • Pupil threw stones at another pupil causing injuries to the latter.
  • Argument over a toothbrush and the other pupil poked his eye.
  • Senior pupil pushed a pupil while he was running in front of rooms.
  • Fractured arm when a student pushed down a slope.
  • A student tripped another student running, causing him to fall and injure himself
  • Injured knee when a group of pupils pushed student.

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