A new safe schools report indicates that bullying among girls in Toronto Catholic District School Board elementary schools has increased over the last two years, despite years of focus on anti-bullying programs.
There were 196 suspensions in elementary schools during the 2015-16 school year, an increase of 38 over the same time spanning 2014-15.
Girls have reported an increase in bullying both at school and online via social media.
“This year has reinforced the notion that girls are becoming more aggressive,” said Vincent Burzotta, superintendent of safe schools. “We’ve seen that they are engaging more in social, verbal and exclusionary behaviours.”
Teachers are being trained to “identify mean girls”. School cliques are now being discouraged, as they exclude others from certain social circles.
Read more about the issue here in the Toronto Star.