Politicians and law enforcement agencies aim to stop bullying
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:38AM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 16, 2012 12:40PM MDT
Alberta’s provincial government is preparing to bring back an education act it says will contain some of the toughest anti-bullying legislation in the country.
The announcement comes nearly a week after the suicide of Amanda Todd, a bullied teen in British Columbia, and at the same time as federal politicians debate a national anti-bullying strategy.
Calgary's Police Chief Rick Hanson says bullying solutions are unlikely to come from politicians
“The last thing this country needs is another law,” says Hanson. “We've got a book that's 4 inches thick, that's full of laws and the applicable law is there.”
“What's required under any law is the ability to gather evidence. If you talk to the victims of bullying, they'd rather see it not happening then see it go so far to need a criminal code and charges laid that take three years.”
Hanson says the relationships between children, parents, teachers and law enforcement is paramount to ending bullying in society.