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Bullying Motion, 15/11/11 [S}

Motion lodged before the Scottish Parliament on 15 November 2011  by Joe FitzPatrick (SNP) on homophobic bullying in schools.

The full text of the motion reads:

That the Parliament welcomes Stonewall’s ‘Stop and think – words can hurt’ campaign, which aims to tackle homophobic bullying in schools and has been launched to coincide with the 2011 National Anti-Bullying Week, which runs from 14 to 18 November; notes with concern research findings that 9 in 10 secondary school teachers and more than two in five primary school teachers report that their pupils currently experience homophobic bullying, name-calling or harassment; further notes that homophobic bullying can result in lower educational achievement and increase the rate of self-harm and suicide among young lesbian, gay and bisexual people; encourages participation in Stonewall’s ‘say capucci-NO to bullying!’ campaign, which aims to get people to give up their daily coffee for the week and donate the money that they save to fund campaigns against homophobic bullying; welcomes the steps taken by the Scottish Government to combat homophobic bullying, including the toolkit resource for teachers, which includes recently updated lesson plans and guidance on dealing with homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools, and looks forward to a time when all young people can enjoy the full benefits of learning in a safe and inclusive environment.

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