Home schooled due to bullies, 13 July 2008, Courier Mail, Bowen Hills, Queensland, Australia
Parents of both bullying victims and expelled bullies are turning to home schooling in a bid to salvage an education for their children.
There are now an estimated 22,000 students learning from home in Queensland, double the number counted by a government working group in 2002. The bullying epidemic in the state’s schools is behind the increase, according to the Home Education Association.
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Some attackers are as young as five, an investigation by The Sunday Mail has found.
One in six students has at some stage been a victim, new research shows, putting our school system among the worst for bullying of any country in the developed world.
‘We are seeing more and more of those kids now. They are wilful, disobedient and naughty.”
Mr Welford said he was disturbed by the younger ages of offenders in the latest statistics, and an apparent increase in the level of violence at schools.