By Benjamin Flowers: The National Student Union of Belize (NSUB) has publicly condemned reports of a special needs student being bullied at Wesley Upper School in Belize City.
The NSUB said that every student, regardless of their background or abilities, deserves to feel safe, respected, and valued in their school, and called upon the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology (MOECST), to urgently intervene in the situation.
“We believe that the Ministry has a critical role to play in ensuring that every student in every institution, particularly the special needs student, receives the necessary protection and support to thrive,” the Union said.
The NSUB also called on a thorough investigation of the matter, sensitivity training for educators to deal with this type of situation in schools as well as the development of anti-bullying policies and getting counseling support for the affected student.
The situation was reported earlier this week by a local media house, who interviewed the child’s mother. He had reportedly been bullied by other students to the point where he refused to go back to school; the school has since refuted the claims, saying that the child has never reported any bullying and that he, in fact, has been the perpetrator in a number of incidents, some ending in police involvement.
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