N.W.T. government targeting bullying in schools

The government of the Northwest Territories is looking at changing the education laws on the books to include anti-bullying measures.

The government of the Northwest Territories is looking at changing the education act to include anti-bullying measures.

They held a meeting last night at the legislature to hear from parents and educators. The proposed changes include adding a clear definition of "bullying" as repeated aggressive behaviour that is meant to harm another student and a territory-wide code of conduct for all schools.

Mira Hall, who's child is a special-needs student who has experienced bullying, says the act should also look at ways to prevent bullying of people like her child.

"Other jurisdictions in Canada have implemented mandatory counselling," Hall says. "You have counsellors that teach these kids how to manage their emotions, manage their behaviour, and serve as another positive adult example to that child on how to behave appropriately."

The committee plans to visit schools in Yellowknife and throughout the territory in the coming weeks. Members will get together for another meeting next month, to talk about what they've heard.

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