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RFMF Chief Condemns School Bullying

Bullies, the former QVS student said, were cowards because they preyed only on those who were weaker than them.
29 Jun 2019 12:01
RFMF Chief Condemns School Bullying
The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto with QVS head boy Dwayne Leca after inspecting the cadets at QVS on June 28,2019. Photo:Simione Haravanua.

Bullying is wrong, says the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto.

“It will remain wrong no matter how you justify it,” he said while addressing the cadet passing-out parade at the Queen Victoria School (QVS) ground yesterday.

Bullies, the former QVS student said, were cowards because they preyed only on those who were weaker than them.

He urged students that if they saw someone being bullied then they should not just watch and do nothing, but speak out, report it or try to convince those doing it to stop.

“If you want to be a true Victorian, you should stand up for the weak – not oppress them,” RADM Naupoto said.

He said their job, those who were outside the parade ground, was to help the fine young men on parade to develop their sense of right and wrong, their moral compass and that demanded that they must be good role models for them.

The Commander RFMF said the school’s 2019 theme was “the Year of Rebuilding”.

Another aspect of the school’s theme, he said, was respect.

“Respect begins home with God, respecting God’s holiness, his love and faithfulness for us individually or the school and for the wider Vulinitu family,” RADM Naupoto said.

He said everyone must respect all people for whoever they were.

“Teachers, students, parents, women, men, children the elderly, well educated, uneducated, worked in an office or sweeping the streets, rich or poor, physically fit or physically challenged, whether he or she lived in a mansion or lived on the streets, they all deserve your respect just as much you deserve to be respected for who you are,” RADM Naupoto said.

He said respect was the best foundation for QVS’ rebuilding and it was a good foundation for life in general.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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